By The Beacon Sports Staff
The SeaWolves softball and baseball teams returned to action on the South Portland Campus after traveling to Florida to open their spring seasons with the SeaWolves baseball team, taking to the diamond to battle it out against the Mustangs on March 31 in a nine-inning game.
The Lady SeaWolves opened their home spring season against Massasoit Community College this past Saturday. The ‘Wolves would grab both games of the double header (11-0 and 8-0) in what some might consider not necessarily the best softball weather.
Kristen Mackenzie would take to the pitcher’s circle in the opener as Sarah Guimond would in the second game. Both pitchers would need only five innings of work in order to get the win, as the SeaWolves’ bats manufactured runs galore.
The ‘Wolves would score runs in every inning, posting three to open the game followed by one in the second inning, five in the third and two in the fourth inning, at which point the game was called.
Kahli Philibotte would get the Lady ‘Wolves going with a two-run homer in the first inning and follow later with a triple, driving in Sara Ring in the third inning. Ring would earn two runs batted in (RBIs) in the fourth inning when she pounded a triple to center field. Ring would also complete the first game going three for three from the plate.
Mackenzie would earn her fourth win of the season, striking out four while facing 16 batters. She would also allow one base runner, a double to center field for her day’s work.
In the second game of the double header the scoring would wait for two innings before the ‘Wolves plated four runs in the third inning and then four more in the fourth inning.
Again it would be Philibotte starting the scoring with a double, scoring two, after which Guimond would double also, scoring another two. Guimond would also earn the win from the pitcher’s circle, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out two.
In Sunday’s action against Yankee Small College Conference opponent Saint Joseph’s of Vermont, the Lady ‘Wolves would drop the opener 9-5 and take the second game 6-4. For more information on these games, check out the Official SMCC SeaWolves website.
The men ‘Wolves opened their spring home season against YSCC rival CMCC and dropped a hard fought game in 10 innings the last weekend of March. The Mustangs would plate three runs in the top of the 10th inning, stealing a win in South Portland.
SMCC would get onto the big board first with a line-drive home run off of the bat of Sean Adams to dead-center field. It wouldn’t take CMCC long to answer, as they scored twice in the top of the third inning, pulling ahead two to one. In the top of the fourth inning CM would pad their lead to two runs (3-1).
The SeaWolves would not be able push any runners across home plate until the fifth inning, when designated hitter Lucas Watson scored on a throwing error by the CM pitcher to first base. Watson was able to draw a walk, enabling him to get on base, advancing to second on a sacrifice — which led to him scoring.
SMCC would even the score in the eighth inning when Amos Herrin drew a lead off walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Mustang third baseman. A few pitches later Herrin was able to cross the plate on a pass, knotting the score at three.
Two innings later the Mustangs would plate three runs with two outs as key hits pushed runners across the plate. The Mustangs would plate three runners on three hits while leaving one runner on base.
Dylan Francoeur took to the mound to pitch for the ‘Wolves, lasting five complete innings allowing two earned runs on three hits. Devin Sawyer would take the loss for the record books.
In this past Sunday’s games against Massasoit Community College, the ‘Wolves would get out of the gate in the first inning, plating 11 runs. The ‘Wolves would plate four more runs in the second inning and two more in the third.
Massasoit was able to score twice in the top of the third; however, the game was called after Massasoit could not score any more runs after the top of the fifth inning.
The second game of the day proved to be more competitive, as the teams would take a 7-7 tie into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Massasoit would score twice in the first and then plate one more run in the third, taking a three-to-nil lead into the bottom of the third inning. The SeaWolves would cut into the lead, trimming it to one run with two in the bottom of the third and evening the score in the bottom of the fourth.
After two innings of scoreless ball, both teams would plate four runs in the seventh inning, setting up late-inning dramatics.
Leadoff hitter Cody Bryant was able to reach first base on an error by the Massasoit shortstop, after which Devon Butler singled to left field, advancing Bryant to third base.
With runners at first and third, Evan Leveroni hit a grounder to the shortstop, who fielded the ball cleanly and threw home trying to throw out Bryant, who broke towards home on contact. The Massasoit catcher saw Bryant stranded between third and home, overthrowing the third baseman in an attempt to pick Bryant off; this allowed Bryant to score, securing a double-header sweep for the SeaWolves.
The SeaWolves baseball team return home on Thursday the 12th to play CMCC at 3:30 and then have a three-game home stand against New Hampshire Technical Institute on Friday at 4:00, and Saturday at 12:00 and 2:00.
The Lady SeaWolves return to the South Portland campus on Friday the 13th, to take on the University of Maine-Presque Isle at 3:30 and 5:30; and Saturday the 14th, to battle it out against New Hampshire Technical Institute at 12:00 and 2:00.