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The Scene on the Diamonds; Softball and Baseball Gear Up for YSCC Tournament

By The Beacon Sports Staff

With a little less than two weeks left in the spring season, the SeaWolves softball and baseball teams are preparing for postseason play in the Yankee Small College Conference playoffs.

The softball team takes a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s road game against Massasoit Community College before returning home for the last four games of the season. The SeaWolves will take on YSCC foe Central Maine Community College on the 25th in a late-afternoon/early-evening doubleheader and finish the season against University of Maine-Presque Isle on the 27th.

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Kristen Mackenzie is thrown out at first base in the later innings against University of Maine – Presque Isle. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff.

The Lady SeaWolves take more than a two-game winning streak into the last set of games, as they have also won seven of their last eight after dropping four in a row. The Lady ‘Wolves would be swept in back-to-back doubleheaders to UMPI on the 13th (4-1, 7-5) and New Hampshire Technical College on the 14th (14-0, 7-6).

SMCC would win their next four, taking two against Northern Essex Community College (14-0, 9-0), beating CMCC twice (7-1, 9-1) and taking the opener of a doubleheader against CCRI (14-7).

On the men’s diamond, the baseball team put together a seven-game winning streak between the 12th and 21st. They would start the streak against the Mustangs from CMCC (12-2), take three against NHTI on the 13th and 14th (15-4, 6-0 and 11-1) and sweep Great Bay Community College on the 20th and 21st (8-2, 7-0 and 6-5).

This past Sunday, the ‘Wolves took to the diamond to battle it out against the Community College of Rhode Island in a doubleheader. The ‘Wolves would spot CCRI three runs over the course of the first three innings before plating two runs that removed the goose egg from the big board.

After five innings CCRI would plate five runs only allowing the SeaWolves to plate one. The bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the game, as SMCC would strike for four runs. With the aid of timely walks, errors and wild pitches the Wolves would grab a one-run lead by pushing across four runs.

The inning started with Cody Bryant flying out to left field. Devin Butler would reach first on an error by the CCRI second baseman and take second when Amos Herrin drew a walk. A wild pitch would allow Butler and Herrin to advance bases, moving them 90 feet closer to home plate. A single by Sean Adams to left field would drive across Butler and Herrin, cutting CCRI’s lead to two: 5-3.

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Shortstop Amos Herrin readies his throw to first completing a game ending double play. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff.

SMCC would continue to rally as Timothy Greenlaw’s single to right field would allow Adam’s to advance to third. Nathaniel Cyr would also draw a walk loading the bases and setting the stage for a big inning.

The ‘Wolves’ next batter, Dylan Francoeur, would single to third base but be called safe on an errant throw which also allowed him to take second base while collecting two runs-batted-in, as Adams and Greenlaw would score.

The ‘Wolves would tack on two more runs in the sixth inning, again aided by errors and wild pitches. Again Butler would reach first safely on an error by the right-fielder. The next batter, Herrin, would single, advancing Butler to second; both would advance a base on a wild pitch.

A grounder to third base would push the seventh run of the day across the plate for the SeaWolves, after which a single by Greenlaw drove in Herrin, who occupied third, on the wild pitch.

The ‘Wolves again threatened a big inning run-wise, working to load the bases, but failed to push these runners across the plate.

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Amber Randall takes the throw form SeaWolve catcher Sara Ring nailing an UMPI player who tried to steal second. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff.

CCRI was far from done,  as in the top of the seventh inning they started to build a rally, plate one run before they hit into a game-ending double play, which went: second baseman Adams to shortstop Herrin to first baseman Greenlaw double.

In the second game of Sunday’s double header, SMCC would spot CCRI a one-run lead in the top of the first and answer with four in the bottom of the second inning. After a scoreless third inning, CCRI would jump back in the lead when they scored four times. Again SMCC had an answer, scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth.

A half an inning later CCRI would match SMCC’s latest inning output by plating three runs in the top of the sixth to grab a one-run lead, setting up bottom-of-the-seventh heroics.

With two outs, Caleb Chambers smacked a game-tying homer to dead center, sending the game into extra innings.

After getting the first two outs of the eight innings, the ‘Wolves would not be able to keep CCRI from scoring as CCRI plated two runs on a hit to deep center field. The ‘Wolves would go down in order in their half of the inning, splitting the doubleheader with CCRI.

On the softball diamond, Kristen Mackenzie would throw seven complete innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run to cross the plate against the Lady Mustangs. The win would bring her season strikeout total to 45.

The SeaWolves’ bats would not come alive until the third inning, when they touched home plate three times. The ‘Wolves would push across three more runs in the fourth and add one more in the fifth. CM would get on the big board in the top of the sixth with their lone run.

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Caleb Chamberts unloads a center field homer in the seventh inning forcing extra innings in Sunday’s second game against CCRI. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff.

Scoring in the third inning started with a sacrifice fly by Madison Eastman and a two-out, two-run double courtesy of Sara Ring. In the fourth inning Mackenzie, Harriman and Amber Randall all recorded runs-batted-ins; the Mustangs were unable to stop the ‘Wolves from doubling their lead.  

After six and a half innings of four-hit ball, Mackenzie would record her team-leading seventh win of the season, stranding Mustang runners at the corners with a strikeout to kill any rally hopes Central may have had.

Game 2 of the double header would see SMCC pitcher Sarah Guimond fan a season-high 11 batters while surrendering only two hits.

The Lady Wolves would plate four runners in the bottom of the first, with the scoring starting when Eastman scored on a single by Sarah Ring. Ring would score on a single by Kahli Philibotte from third. Ring would take third on a wild pitch by the CM pitcher. Philibotte and Guimond would round out the scoring for Southern Maine.

The ‘Wolves would add another run in the second and fourth before allowing a CM run to cross the plate in the top of the sixth. The Lady ‘Wolves would respond with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and pad their lead to 9-1, at which point the game was called.

Sara Guimond would earn her fifth win of the season.

The softball team returns to SMCC on the 25th for their final four games of the spring season on the 25th and 27th when they take on CMCC and UMPI. The baseball team returns on the 26th to finish their season against CMCC, Carleton College and Quinsigamond Community College.

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