SANFORD — Joe Freiday had two hits, including a two-run homer, and scored twice Thursday night to lead the Plymouth Pilgrims to a 7-5 victory against the Sanford Mainers in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game at Goodall Park.

Freiday’s homer gave Plymouth (16-18) a 5-0 lead in the third. Shaine Hughes and Dan Hetzel scored for Sanford (17-17) on a fourth-inning error by Plymouth shortstop Tanner Giesel. But Freiday doubled and scored during a two-run fifth inning that gave the Pilgrims a 7-2 lead.

Dalton Thomas scored for the Mainers on a wild pitch in the sixth, and Sanford added two in the seventh, with Harrison Wenson scoring on another wild pitch and Hughes singling home Robbie Knightes.


STAPLES CROSSING 14, SACO & BIDDEFORD SAVINGS 3: Luke Stankovich’s grand slam in the seventh invoked the mercy rule as top-seeded Staples Crossing (16-2) won the American Legion Zone 4 playoffs with a victory against second-seeded Saco & Biddeford Savings at South Berwick.

Both teams advance to the Legion state tournament in South Portland, with Staples playing the Zone 3 runner-up, and Saco & Biddeford Savings the Zone 3 winner.


WESTBROOK 12, GORHAM 0: Paysen Hodgkins had two hits and scored a run for Westbrook, which used a seven-run second inning to down Gorham in five innings in a playoff game at Westbrook.

Westbrook advanced to the state tournament that starts Saturday at USM in Gorham.

YANKEE FORD 4, BONNY EAGLE 3: Logan McCarthy barely beat the throw home from short on Pat Sullivan’s sixth-inning grounder, scoring the winning run in a playoff victory for Yankee Ford (15-3) against Bonny Eagle (12-6) at Portland.

Yankee Ford advanced to the double-elimination tournament in Gorham as the second seed and will play third-seeded Saco & Biddeford Savings of Westbrook at 1 p.m. Saturday.