By the Beacon Sports Staff
For the sixth time in the last seven years, the SeaWolves baseball team ended the Yankee Small College Conference postseason tournament rushing the mound in celebration of winning the championship.
This year’s tournament took place in Old Orchard Beach at the Ball Park, which was home to the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 2011 and the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in 2012-2014. Today it is home to the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the Independent Empire Professional Baseball League.
The SeaWolves path to the championship would start with a shutout of the Great Bay Herons on Thursday evening. SMCC’s Amos Herrin, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and the YSCC Most Valuable Pitcher, took to the mound throwing a two-hit complete game. Herrin would fan 12 batters over the course of sixth innings, bringing his season total to 108 batters struck out.
The ‘Wolves would face conference rival Central Maine Community College, who dismantled New Hampshire Technical Institute 20-2 behind the seven-hit pitching of Damien St. Pierre and Matthew Temple. The Mustangs would jump all over the Lynx from NHTI in the top of the first inning, plating 10 runs.
Herrin’s work on the mound would be complemented by his bat, as he would score the first run of the game when Evan Leveroni pushed him across the plate with a single to left field.
The third inning saw the SeaWolves expand on their one-run lead, as nine batters would come to the plate. Lead off batter Devon Butler would start the inning off singling to left field and advancing to second on a Herrin single to left also. Herrin and Butler would advance a base on a pass ball. Butler would score on the play; the third baseman was not able to handle a throw from the catcher trying to catch him at third as a 90-foot path to home plate was opened.
After Timothy Greenlaw and Leveroni flew out to center field, Nathaniel Cyr would drive across the third and fourth runs with a double to left field, padding the SeaWolves’ lead to 4.
The ‘Wolves would threaten to add more runs in the fifth inning, as they would load the bases with two outs, courtesy a fielder’s choice, and two walks. The ‘Wolves would have to settle for one run that came at the expense of a pass ball.
Leveroni would be the sole SeaWolf to travel the 360 feet around the bases, scoring an unearned run and topping the ‘Wolves’ scoring for the semifinal game.
First-year starter Dylan Francoeur would get the nod from Coach Jordan Yanni in the championship game against Central Maine. Francoeur would retire the first two Mustangs to come to the plate before allowing a single and hitting the next batter. With two outs and two runners on, Francoeur would entice the fifth batter of the opening inning to ground out to third base.
The bottom of the first inning saw the SeaWolves’ bats come alive: SMCC would plate four runs while leaving two runners on base. The scoring would start with a towering two-run homer to left field by Sean Adams. Adams homer pushed across Herrin, who earned his way onto base with a double to center field.
Timothy Greenlaw would next single to right field, after which he would score on a triple by Evan Leveroni, who would score on a single by Nathaniel Cyr.
With two outs, Ian Westphal at first base and Caleb Chambers at second, the ‘Wolves continued to apply as much offensive pressure as possible when they pulled off a double steal, advancing Chambers to third and Westphal to second. The ‘Wolves would not be able to push any more runs across, as Cody Bryant grounded out to third base.
The second and fourth inning would see the ‘Wolves plate five more runs, building a 9-to-nil lead that would never seriously be challenged by the Central Maine Mustangs.
The ‘Wolves would load the bases in the bottom of the second, as Butler would walk and Herrin would single to right field. After Sean Adams struck out swinging, Timothy Greenlaw would single to first base. Greenlaw would take second base on a passed ball; Herrin would advance to third, and Butler would score.
One batter later, a Nathaniel Cyr double to right field would push across Greenlaw and Herrin finishing off the scoring for the SeaWolves in the second inning.
The ‘Wolves would push their offensive output of the game to nine in the bottom of the fourth, as Greenlaw would grab another RBI with a double to center field, scoring Herrin from second base. The ‘Wolves’ final run of the game would be scored when Greenlaw crossed home plate courtesy an error by the Mustangs’ left fielder.
The Mustangs would push a run across the plate in the top of the sixth inning turning over the goose egg on the big board that scored Central Maine’s St. Pierre, who had doubled earlier courtesy SMCC fielding errors.
One inning and three outs later, the SeaWolves rushed the mound and celebrated the latest championship in their storied history.
When the tournament award winners were announced, SMCC’s Dylan Francoeur would garner Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Amos Herrin would be named Most Valuable Player. Central Maine’s Alex Biron would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player.