By the Beacon Sports Staff
As Major League Baseball winds down and heads full-steam into their pennant and wildcard races, here in southern Maine the SMCC softball and baseball teams are just getting their fall seasons underway.
The Lady SeaWolves have 10 games scheduled for the fall season, two of which will be non-conference games against the University of New Hampshire club team before the YSCC Fall Round Robin Tournament October 13.
The Lady SeaWolves opened the season against New Hampshire Technical College with a doubleheader on the 8th. The ‘Wolves would take the opener 9-1 in a five-inning game, as they would score twice in the first, twice in the third, three times in the fourth and twice again in the 5th inning.
SeaWolf Meghan Johnston would pitch a full game, allowing six hits, giving up one run while striking out four and walking three. NHTI would use three pitchers for the shortened game, facing 26 batters who collected 12 hits.
Lady ‘Wolves Morgan Boyle, Sara Ring and Wylie Bedard each drove across two runs as Kahli Philibotte and Meghan Johnston collect a run batted in each. Emily Chase would be the lone SeaWolf to have an extra base hit when she doubled in the second inning.
The second game of the double header would see SMCC fortunes be reversed as NHTI would plate 11 runs to SMCC’s four.
The ‘Wolves would spot NHTI a one-run lead in the first, holding them scoreless in the second, only to watch the Lynx plate five runs with two outs in the third. The Lynx would collect seven hits and leave three on base when the third out was recorded,
ending a disaster of an inning for the SMCC squad.
The Lady ‘Wolves would finally get on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when Meranda Martin was pushed across the plate on an Emily Lashua single. Lashua, who was the third batter of the inning for the ‘Wolves, came to plate with Morgan Boyle on first and Martin on second. Boyle would be thrown out at third, testing the arm of the Lynx’s left fielder. The out would cost the ‘Wolves momentum in their rally, as the next SeaWolf batter, Sara Ring, would single, advancing Lashua to third. Regardless, the next two SMCC batters who strike out, looking and grounding out to the NHTI’s shortstop.
NHTI would add insult to injury by scoring four more times in the top of the seventh. The SeaWolves would respond with one run in the bottom of the inning, plating their final run for the second game of opening day.
The Lady SeaWolves will not return to South Portland until October 6, when they will take to the diamond against Great Bay Community College. For the next three weekends they will be traveling to Portsmouth to play Great Bay Community College on the 22nd, then travel to Concord, New Hampshire, to take on the Lynx on the 29th and end their road trip on the 30th against the University of New Hampshire’s club team.
On the men’s side of the diamonds, SMCC would start their season in a grand fashion: blanking NHTI in both games of a double header, 7-0 and 9-0.
Dylan Francoeur would take to the mound in the opener, pitching five innings, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out six. Cole Lawrence would take over the pitching duties for the last two innings, giving up two hits, walking one and striking out two.
SMCC’s coach, Jordan Yanni, would start Stefan Lesco for the second game of the doubleheader. Lesco would pitch six innings, allow three hits, walk one and strike out five. Cody Bryant would take over the mound for the final inning, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out one.
Needless to say, the SMCC bats were quite alive in both games, with Dylan Francoeur driving in three runs batted in while going 2-4 from the plate and scoring a run. In the second game. Francoeur would also collect the only triple of the game.
In the opener, Cody Bryant would be blessed with the hot bat as he would go 2-3 from the plate, scoring a run and collecting two runs batted in. The ‘Wolves would also take advantage of the Lynx on the base paths, as five SMCC base runners would successfully swipe five bases and get caught only once.
The Men SeaWolves will venture to Auburn on the 21st to take to the diamond against Central Maine Community College at the Garfield Road Complex under the lights, then return home for a three-game home stand against Great Bay Community College on 22nd with the first pitch scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. The ‘Wolves end their three-game home stand against the Central Maine Mustangs on the 26th with a 3:30 start scheduled.