Cape Elizabeth senior Nick Martin, who had the game-winning goal in overtime, handles the ball in traffic during last week’s contest against Scarborough. The Capers prevailed, 7-6.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Greely baseball and Cape Elizabeth-Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth-Yarmouth boys’ lacrosse game stories, see theforecaster.net)

The spring sports season has gotten off to a slow start for local teams, due to questionable weather and field conditions, but many squads have kicked off their 2019 campaign and early results have been promising.

Here’s a recap:

Baseball

Scarborough’s baseball team opened with a 9-6 eight-inning victory at Bonny Eagle. Zach Alofs had the go-ahead hit in the eighth and Nick Frink added a home run. Jack Clark got the win in relief. The Red Storm played at Falmouth Thursday (see theforecaster.net for game story), welcome Sanford Saturday and play at Gorham Tuesday of next week.

South Portland had yet to start its season at press time, having games at Sanford and at home versus Falmouth rained out. The Red Riots hosted Falmouth Wednesday, visited Windham Thursday, welcome Bonny Eagle Saturday, go to Sanford Monday and Noble Tuesday of next week.

Cape Elizabeth began with home losses to Lake Region (3-2) and Greely (8-0). Jake Tinsman had an RBI double and Jameson Bakke struck out 12 in the loss to the Lakers. Against the Rangers, in a playoff rematch, the Capers stranded seven base runners.

“Things are going well,” said Cape Elizabeth first-year coach Glenn Reeves. “We’re better this week than last week. That will be the plan all year, get better week-to-week and see where we are in June.”

The Capers visit Fryeburg Academy Friday and go to York Wednesday of next week.

Softball

On the softball diamond, two-time defending Class A state champion Scarborough opened the year with a 13-3 win at Bonny Eagle, the Red Storm’s 41st straight overall and their 89th consecutive in the regular season. Bella Dickinson homered and earned the victory and Courtney Brochu had two hits and drove in three runs. Scarborough went to Gorham Wednesday, played a makeup game at Deering Thursday, hosts Falmouth Saturday, goes to Marshwood Monday and welcomes Marshwood Wednesday of next week.

South Portland dropped an 8-1 decision at Biddeford in its first outing. Elise Connor had three hits and drove in the Red Riots’ run. South Portland was at Falmouth Wednesday, played a makeup game at Cheverus Thursday, hosts Deering Friday, goes to Kennebunk Monday and welcomes Bonny Eagle Tuesday and Gorham Wednesday of next week.

Cape Elizabeth started with home wins over Lake Region (7-6) and Greely (11-1). Abigail Scifres had the winning hit against the Lakers. In the win over the Rangers, Jessie Robicheaw homered and earned the victory with a 15-strikeout performance, while Julia Torre had three hits and three RBI. The Capers go to Fryeburg Academy Friday and visit York Wednesday of next week.

Boys’ lacrosse

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ lacrosse team has enjoyed some dramatic victories in the early going. After handling visiting Waynflete, the defending Class C champion, 17-6 in the opener (Nick Martin scored six times and Phil Tarling added four goals), the Capers escaped visiting Scarborough (7-6) and Yarmouth (8-7) in overtime thrillers. Against the Red Storm, Martin had the OT goal and Nic Boudreau, Killian Lathrop and Archie McEvoy each scored twice.

“Winning it felt great for the team,” Martin said. “It was a big release.”

“It was great competition,” said longtime Capers coach Ben Raymond. “Great for the kids to have to dig deep when things aren’t necessarily going their way.” 

Cape Elizabeth erased a four-goal deficit against the Clippers, tying it on a Martin goal with 0.6 seconds left, then winning it on McEvoy’s tally in overtime.

“I caught the ball, saw their guy wasn’t on me and I shot it low and it went in,” said McEvoy. “It felt good.”

“It’s not great to get down, but it’s good to know we can work our way back into it,” Raymond said. “One little play, one goal at a time.”

The Capers host defending Class A state champion Thornton Academy Friday night (see theforecaster.net for game story) and visit Freeport Tuesday of next week.

Scarborough gave Cape Elizabeth all it could handle in the opener, but lost, 7-6, in overtime, despite four goals from Jared Quintiliani and 15 saves from goalie Austin Brown.

“I expected we’d play this well and I’m very encouraged,” said Red Storm coach Zach Barrett. “The boys wanted this one bad, but (Cape) had a beautiful finish. Hopefully we’ll build on this.”

Scarborough was at Falmouth Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), welcomes Sanford Friday, plays a makeup game at Cheverus Saturday and plays host to Falmouth Monday.

South Portland started with a 17-1 win over Deering. Cooper Mehlhorn had seven goals as coach Tom Fiorini won his 100th game with the program. After hosting Cheverus Wednesday, the Red Riots play at defending Class B champion Brunswick Friday.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, South Portland began with a 17-6 win over Deering. Jena Leckie had five goals and Molly Walker added four. After going to Marshwood Thursday, the Red Riots host St. Dom’s Saturday and visit Portland Tuesday of next week.

Scarborough opened its season Thursday at home versus Cheverus. The Red Storm play host to Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

Defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth began its quest for a repeat title Wednesday at York. After visiting Kennebunk Friday, the Capers host Fryeburg Academy Tuesday of next week.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports