This past Saturday, The SMCC Seawolves baseball and softball teams started their fall seasons at the Graves Athletic Fields, located within SMCC’s picturesque campus when they took to the diamonds in double header action against the Lynx of NHTI (New Hampshire Technical Institute).
New faces lead both teams this year, as Jordan Yanni takes the helm of the men’s squad and Raymond Magnant stars his first year as the softball coach. Coach Yanni, who is a native of Gray, Maine played at Wesleyan, and as well as at the perennial powerhouse USM. He also served as a Varsity Assistant at Windham High School.
Coach Magnant lands at SMCC after a short stint as the Varsity Head Softball Coach at Biddeford High School for two seasons. His record was an impressive 30-8 over the 2 seasons, leading the squad to the semi-finals in 2015 and the state championship in the spring of 2016.
On the men’s diamond, this Seawolves were able to sneak past NHTI in both games, winning the pair in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the first game the Seawolves squandered a multi-run lead allowing the Lynx back in the game when they tied the score in the top of the seventh inning.
The Men Seawolves would walk off the diamond with the first win of the young season on a pass ball that slipped under the glove of the Lynx catcher allowing the Seawolve at third to score easily and capture SMCC’s first win of the 2016-17 season.
The first game of the Lady Seawolves softball season saw them fall short to the Lady Lynx 5-8. While the Lady Wolves are coming off of a tough 15-16 season, Coach Magnant remains positive as he describes his plans for the SMCC softball program as bringing “a winning atmosphere both on and off the softball diamond and provide a positive college experience.”
The second game of the Lady’s double header saw the Lady Wolves fall hard to the Lynx 23-8. On the men’s diamond excitement built going into the seventh inning as the Men Wolves would rally from a three-run deficit, plating four runs in the bottom of the seventh posting an 8-7 victory.
The Men’s squad should roll through the week as they hosting rival Central Maine Community College for a doubleheader on Thursday the 15th. The first game is scheduled to start at 2 P.M. On the following Saturday, the 17th, SMCC will travel down to Franklin, Mass, for another doubleheader against the always tough Dean College.
The Lady Wolves will also host CMCC on Thursday with the first game starting at 2 and the night cap at 4. On Saturday they will travel to Dean College to take to the field in a double header.