Category: Sports

Men Bring Home the Ring

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By The Beacon Staff

The Seawolves baseball season ended on Sunday against the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute. Their final game of the season played out with the winner taking home the YSCC Championship. The contest, for all intents and purposes, was a pitcher duel.

Kyle Parmley would take to the mound for the Seawolves, pitching seven complete innings. Michael Kernan would start for the Lynx the last four and two-thirds innings before handing the ball over to Jared Booth. Parmley would catch the “W” after facing 27 batters, as Kernan would be tagged for the loss after dueling it out with 24 Seawolf batters. Booth would face four batters.

Parmley started off the contest sending the first six batters he faced back to the Lynx dugout. The top of the third inning started with Zack Poisson reaching first base on an error by Amos Herrin, the Seawolf shortstop. Poisson would be thrown out at second when Lynx batter Mike Simard reached first on a fielder’s choice. The top half of the inning would come to a grinding halt for NHTI with an inning ending double play ball by Gavin McFarland.

The bottom half of the inning would see the Seawolves score three times and leave the bases loaded, while taking advantage of wild pitches and stealing bases.

After Jakob Latini flew out to start the inning off, Herrin jump started the offense for the Seawolves with a single. A wild pitch later Herrin stood on second, 180 feet from getting SMCC onto the big board. The third batter of the inning Justin Leeman drew a walk which set the stage for Carter Chabot.

Chabot would single driving in Herrin from second base as Leeman would follow Herrin pulsing at third. As Kernan battled with Caleb Chambers, Chabot stole second. With runners on second and third

Wolves Drop Heartbreaker to Lynx in NH

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By The Beacon Staff

The softball and baseball seasons came to a close this past weekend, as the Lady Seawolves traveled to New Hampshire to compete in the YSCC championship Saturday and the Men Seawolves hosted the season ending baseball tournament on Sunday.

The Lady Seawolves entered the tournament as the No. 1 seeded team in a four-team field. In semifinal action, the Lynx of NHTI took on and defeated the Knights of the College of St Joseph’s of Vermont 9–0 in a five-inning contest.

The Seawolves took to the diamond, taking on the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College. The Seawolves swept the spring-season series against the Mustangs, winning all four games in the last weekend in April. Over the course of the four games, SMCC outscored CMCC, 38–5. Saturday’s score would pad the scoring differential 52–5.

In Saturday’s action against the Mustangs, the Seawolves only need five innings to finish off CMCC, as the Lady Wolves plated 14 runs over the course of the contest. Behind the batting of Kaylah Abdul, who went two for two and collecting three runs batted in, the Wolves scored six times in the first inning, while scoring four more in the second and third inning.

Abdul’s batting average of .603 and the 46 RBIs that she has driven in lead the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Sarah Guimond took to the pitcher’s circle as the starting pitcher for SMCC, pitching three scoreless innings. Kristen Mackenzie took in the top of the fourth, continuing the scoreless effort that Guimond started. Both pitchers combined for nine strikeouts while holding the Mustang’s scoreless over five innings of work.

Mackenzie also brought a hot bat to the plate, recording her fifth multi-hit performance of the season.

The championship would unfold unlike the semifinal games, as the game would stretch to eight innings of play. Sarah Guimond who take to the pitcher’s circle for the Wolves, as Briana Whitcomb would for the Lady Lynx.

NHTI would get on the big board first in the top of the second inning on a grounder to Guimond, scoring Lynx Stephani Gauthier from third. Gauthier advanced to third from second on a passed ball. Gauthier’s trip around the bases started with a free pass to first as the lead-off hitter for the inning.

Kaylah Abdul would equalize the scoring in the bottom of the inning, when Samantha Rioux would single her in. Abdul started the inning off by singling to shortstop. After the next two Seawolf batters walked back to the dugout, Abdul was able to score from first on Rioux’s hit.

Over the course of the next four innings, the Lady Lynx would cross home twice, once in the third and once in the sixth, to pad their lead to two runs. SMCC would answer in the bottom of the sixth.

A passed ball in the third would open the door for the Lynx to plate a run, and a solo home run by Kabrina Roy in the sixth would give NHTI a two-run lead when SMCC batted in the bottom of the inning. Roy’s home run would tie her with Abdul for the conference lead in homeruns.

The bottom of the sixth would see Ellie Burbank and Abdul get on base with a single to center field and a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield, leaving runners at the corners. Kahli Philibotte would double, driving in two Seawolves runs and knotting the score at three.

Neither team would be able to generate runs in the seventh inning, as NHTI would leave a runner stranded on third and the Seawolves would be retired in order.

The bats came alive for both teams in the eighth inning, as they would combine for six runs, five hits and one walk, arriving safely at first on an error while leaving four runners on base.

The Lynx would score four times in the extra inning, jumping out to a four-run lead, 7–3. In the bottom of the inning, the Seawolves’ magic would come to a halt after scoring two runs and cutting the NHTI lead to two, 7–5.

After the last SMCC out, the Lynx took to the field celebrating their 2017 YSCC Softball Championship. Lady Lynx Brianna Whitcomb would be acknowledged as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. NHTI catcher Alyssa Columb earned the Defensive Player of the Tournament and SMCC’s Kaylah Abdul would earn the Offensive Player honors.

Softball & Baseball

By The Beacon Staff

Dean returns to Massachusetts, securing wins in three games of the four games played in the season series against the Lady Wolves. The Seawolves travel to Rhode Island and then New Hampshire to play the Community College of Rhode Island on April 26 and finish their regular away season against the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute on the 27th.

The home season for the Wolves ends on the 28th and 29th, when they host the Mustangs from Central Community College for four games here at SMCC. The Seawolves will end the season in New Hampshire, when they take to the diamond in the YSCC postseason championships.

And on the baseball diamond:

While the Lady Seawolves have rolled to an impressive record in the spring season, the men Wolves have struggled and are looking to find a winning grove as the season winds down and the YSCC Championships get closer with every passing day.

Since the last Beacon, the men Wolves have won their first game of the spring season, a 15–8 rout of Massosoit College on the 17th. Five days later the Wolves notched their second with an 8-2 win against the Lynx of NHTI, which happened this past Saturday.

Kyle Parmley would take to the mound against NHTI and pitch a complete game. Parmley would face 28 batters, and his stat line at the end of seven innings would read as such: four hits, two runs that were earned, two walks and four strikeouts.

The bats for the Seawolves would become alive as the men Wolves would get to the plate 29 times, collecting eight runs on eight hits and grabbing five free passes to first on walks while leaving six men on base.

Caleb Chambers would have four trips to the plate, collecting two hits (a single and a triple), while crossing the plate once. Amos Harrin, Edgar Montan and Nathan Huot would all collect doubles, as they combined for four of the eight hits and three of the Seawolves’ eight runs.

The Seawolves would score in four of the seven innings played, plating two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Both Lynx runs came in the third and fourth inning.

The Wolves hit the road, traveling to New Hampshire on the 25th, then head to Massachusetts to play Quinsgimond Community College before returning home for a two-day, three-game home stand against the Central Maine Community College Mustangs to end the regular home season.

The Seawolves and SMCC will host the YSCC baseball championships on May 6.

Congratulations to Elle Burbank ad Amos Herrin for being named Seawolves of the Week on April 17. A thorough writeup of their accomplishments can be found on the official SMCC Athletics webpage.

Softball Soars While Baseball Searches for Groove

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YSCC Playoffs Loom on Horizon

By The Beacon Staff

Since the last Beacon, the SMCC Seawolves softball team has been scorching the base paths up on the softball diamond, compiling a nine-and-two record while outscoring their opponents 106–47. Seven times the Lady Wolves have scored in the double figures, as the highest run total of the spring season topped out at 21 runs against Massasoit Community College on April 17.

As a team, the Lady Wolves have sustained a .384 batting average, a .443 on base percentage and a .527 slugging percentage, and have gone yard six times over the course of the 15 games they have played in the spring season. Amazingly, the Wolves have only hit into one double play, while stealing 38 bases and being caught only four times over the course of all the games they have played.

In this past Sunday’s home action, the Wolves split a double-header against Dean College, winning the first game 10 to 6 and dropping the second game 6 to 3. Sarah Guimond took to the mound for the Lady Wolves in the first game, facing 33 batters. Guimond would pitch the game in its entirety, allowing eight hits, while fanning 10.

The game opened with Dean College getting on the big board first and the Wolves answering in the bottom of the first inning, knotting the score at 1 apiece. The second and third innings would see the Lady Wolves plate four runs in each inning, building a lead that Dean College would never threaten.

The Lady Wolves would get to the plate 35 times, with Kristen Mackenzie stepping into the batter’s box five times and collecting four hits, while circling the bases three times and collecting four runs batted in. Kahli Philibote and Samantha Rioux would have four plate appearances, score twice each and collect one hit each. Lady Seawolf Emma Burns would swipe two bases; Samantha Rioux stole one.

The second game saw a different scenario pan out: SMCC would get on the big board first in the second inning scoring once. Dean would answer, plating two runs in the third inning; the Lady Wolves would respond in the bottom of the third and plate one more run in the forth inning to take a one-run lead, 3 to 2. The scoring for the game would be finalized in the top of the fifth inning, as Dean would score four times, securing the away win.

Kaylah Abdul: Three Sport Athlete, Student, Musician

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Ethan Wells

Meet Kaylah Abdul, who is the SMCC student-athlete spotlight for April. You may recognize Abdul from the soccer pitch, or from the basketball court, and this spring, from the softball diamond. A native of South Berwick, Maine and graduate of Marshwood High School, Abdul truly embodies what it means to be a student-athlete at SMCC.

As a member of the women’s soccer team, Abdul appeared in six games and started four as both a goal keeper and a field player. As a goal keeper, she logged 270 minutes and led her team in save percentage (.800) and goals against average (1.67).

As part of a dynamic backcourt on the women’s basketball team, Abdul played point-guard for the majority of the season appearing in 28 games and taking over the starting job for 19. The crafty five-foot five-inch guard averaged 9.3 points, two assists, and led the team recording 3.1 assists spanning 19.4 minutes per game. Abdul’s most impressive performance of the season was at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Basketball Tournament in which she recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, and five assists to help put her team deeper into the tournament than ever before.

The softball season is underway and Abdul has already made an impact. Thus far the shortstop is hitting .571 (4-7) to start her collegiate career, smacking two home runs and collecting seven runs-batted-in in the team’s first doubleheader of the season.

The three-sport athlete is taking a full course load of five classes in pursuit of her Liberal Arts degree with a focus in Science. Earning a 3.91 GPA her first semester, Abdul’s career goal is to transfer to a four-year institution, gain acceptance into medical school, and become a radiologist.

In the transition of women’s basketball coaches this summer, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Academic Advisor Patrick Haviland was a big influence for Abdul as she recalls in her commitment to SMCC. Speaking more about her fondness of the school, she said, “It’s everything that I was looking for—the absolute perfect location with my field of study, giving me the opportunity to participate in a storied athletics program.”

The 18-year-old freshman identifies the benefit athletics has in her life, “I play three sports because I want athletics to be a total part of my life. Athletics has taught me so much about how I represent myself, my school, and the community. Grades are important to me, and my participation in athletics has allowed me to become a better student—living this busy and demanding lifestyle has taught me how to budget my time and take that next step in maturity to succeed in the classroom.”

In just her first seven months at SMCC, Abdul had a lot to say about her experiences as a SeaWolf. “I love being a part of a team. I’ve learned more than one valuable lesson from each of my coaches. Coach Cyr [women’s soccer] taught me that a team is a family and that everyone takes responsibility. Coach Bergeron [women’s basketball] always pushed me to be better on the court but more importantly in developing character. And Coach Magnant [softball] taught me the importance of a balanced lifestyle.”

Among her many talents on the playing surface, Abdul is also musically inclined—she can play the piano, guitar, and sing to go along with it.

Legalize It

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Gio DiFazio

America needs to reconsider its position on betting in sports after the Oakland Raiders Relocate to Las Vegas.

“I would probably tell you that I think society has probably had a little bit of a change with respect to gambling in general,” ……. “I think we still strongly oppose it in that room, and otherwise, legalized sports gambling. The integrity of our game is No. 1. We will not compromise on that.”

Those were the words spoken to the media at a press conference after an NFL owners meeting April 7th. Now compare them with the opening statement of an op-ed piece NBA commissioner Adam Silver penned for the New York Times in November of 2014,

“BETTING on professional sports is currently illegal in most of the United States outside of Nevada. I believe we need a different approach..”

Even Rob Manfred, who governs Major League Baseball, and seems to be desperately trying to foster a younger fanbase, had this to say on the issue,

“There is this buzz out there in terms of people feeling that there may be an opportunity here for additional legalized sports betting,” Manfred said. “We are reexamining our stance on gambling. It’s a conversation that’s ongoing with the owners.”

This is not the first instance of Roger Goodell publicly opposing sports gambling.

In fact, Goodell assesses it to be the single biggest threat to the “integrity of the league.” A claim that “gambling would be number one on my list,” was reported by ESPN five years ago in a deposition between the NFL and the State of New Jersey regarding sports betting.

How Rodger and Commissioner Silver be on such different ends of the sports betting spectrum, without at least having a sliver of common ground to stand on.

Sports betting may be the most accepted illegal activity in America. With a simple Google search, multiple sites that provide an avenue to gamble on athletics can be found.

State governments have made efforts to bring sports betting to the local economy, but are invalidated by the Professional and Amauter Sports Protection Act of 1992, which made sports betting illegal in almost all of the United States.

The move to Las Vegas was hopefully another nail lifted off of the coffin, in hopes of sports betting to once again, rise from the dead, and a massive, untapped industry to thrive.

Softball and Baseball Start Spring Seasons

The Becaon Sports Staff

The softball and baseball diamonds at SMCC are once again active after a belligerent winter has relented and the remnants of snow have receded. This past weekend both squads hosted home openers as the Lady Seawolves took on the Warriors of Massasoit Community College, while the Men Wolves battled it out with the Knights of the Community College of Rhode Island in double headers Saturday afternoon.

The women’s home season opener started a week later than it should have as two games against the University of Main Presque Isle were postponed. The Lady Seawolves also had late March games against Northern Essex Community College cancelled. The season did start for the Lady’s on March 26th when thy played two at Dean College, dropping both 16-7, 11-9.

The Lady Wolves rebounded brilliantly against the Massasoit Warriors Saturday with a come-from-behind win in the first game 12-10, and putting together an offensive outburst in the second game, winning 10-2 in five innings.

First-year pitcher Sarah Guimond threw 11 of the 12 innings played, earning two wins for the day’s work. First-year infielder Kaylah Abdul had a banner day at the plate pushing across seven runs, while crossing the plate four times, and swiping four bases.

Head Coach Ray Magnant reflecting on the day’s play stated, “I was extremely pleased with the way this team played today in both games—in all areas. I was most impressed with the way the ladies kept their heads up and fought back when we fell behind in the late innings of game one. That’s the sign of a good team!”

The Lady Seawolves have leveled their record at 2-2 for the spring season and will take on SUNY Delhi in non-conference doubleheader Wednesday, April 12. The first pitch is scheduled to cross he plate at 3:30 p.m.

On the men’s diamond, the start of their season was postponed like the lady’s season, as their season didn’t start until April third when they traveled to Massachusetts to take on Dean College.

The Men Wolves have yet to break into the win column as they have dropped their first five games of the spring season. The men have lost to Dean three times (6-4 at Dean, 8-5 and 10-1 here at SMCC) and dropped two in their season home opener on Saturday against CCRI (7-4 and 11-1).

In Saturday’s action, Carter Chabot evened the score with a solo homer over the center field fence after SMCC spotted CCRI a one run lead in the first inning. CCRI would plate two more runs before SMCC would even the score again by way of a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice.

The Knights broke it open in the fifth pushing across three runs on four hits to reclaim a 6-3 lead.

Sophomore Amos Herrin (Wilton, Maine) earned the start on the bump for the SeaWolves in the first of the double dip. In his second start of the season, Herrin tossed a complete seven innings and allowed seven runs, four earned, on 11 hits. The right-hander faced 36 batters and recorded six strikeouts.

The SeaWolves were only able to muster one run against CCRI’s Dave Simmons who came on in relief and struck out nine of the 16 batters he faced. Simmons worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh to shut the door on a 7-4 win. CCRI’s Matt Kennedy earned the win going four strong allowing just three runs on two hits. SMCC pitcher Herrin was taxed with the loss.

The Wolves would drop the second game 11-1 as their offense never was able to generate the runs needed to make the game competitive.

Coach Yanni commented, “We battled today against a talented CCRI squad. In both games we played from behind and I was pleased with our ability to keep the energy and manufacture runs with runners in scoring position—we get another chance tomorrow.”

The Men Seawolves take on Northern Essex Community College in a 9 inning game on Tuesday April 11th with the first windup scheduled for 3:30