Greater Portland used a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by a Toby Picher bases-loaded RBI single, to rally from 5-2 deficit Tuesday and defeat Milford, Connecticut, 7-5 in the Babe Ruth 13 regional tournament at Westfield, Connecticut.

Brady Coyne picked up the win, throwing 62/3 innings and allowing two earned with six strikeouts. Ryan Kelly struck out the last batter.

Greater Portland secured a bye into the single-elimination New England semifinals after going 3-0 in pool play and will next play Thursday.

NECBL: The visiting Upper Valley Nighthawks (21-17) scored three runs in the first inning and defeated the Sanford Mainers, 5-2. Sanford (20-17) cut the deficit to 3-2 on Shane Marshall’s run-scoring single and Carmine Pagano’s RBI single in the seventh.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: The New York Bucks (21-10) sent 12 men to the plate and scored nine runs in the third inning on the way to beating the Old Orchard Beach Surge 12-1 at Plattsburgh, New York. John Tierney Jr. had three hits, including a pair of doubles for Old Orchard Beach (14-8).


LITTLE LEAGUE: Delaware took the lead with two-run fifth inning and defeated York 4-2 in an elimination game of the 11-12 regional at Bristol, Connecticut.

Maine, which went 1-2 in the event, scored twice in the first when Madison Raymond singled in Chloe Bourque and Ava Brent.


ROGERS CUP: Serena Williams will play in the event in Montreal next month, her first tournament since her runner-up finish at Wimbledon.

Tournament officials said Williams received a wild card into the event that begins Aug. 3.


ECHL: The Maine Mariners announced the signings of four more players: forwards Jesse Schwartz and Dwyer Tschantz, and defensemen Mitch Jones and Garrett Cecere, bringing the roster to 17 for Maine’s first season.

Schwartz recently completed his college career at Connecticut. Tschantz played at Cornell after being drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Blues in 2014. Jones returns to the ECHL for a fourth year. And Cecere played at Colorado College and Northeastern.

NHL: Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson pleaded no contest to domestic assault but can have the misdemeanor charge dismissed if he fulfills terms of his judicial diversion program.


FIFA AWARD: World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of FIFA’s best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Mbappe, the teenage star of France’s World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament’s best player, joined five-time winners Ronaldo and Messi among 10 candidates announced by FIFA.

– Staff and news service report