By the Beacon Sports Staff
The SMCC baseball team is off to a wonderful start this season compiling a 5-1 overall record. Since the last Beacon the Wolves have won three out of four: splitting a double header against CMCC (15-0 and 9-10) and sweeping a doubleheader against Great Bay Community College this past Saturday (7-6 and 22-12).
On the softball diamond, the Lady SeaWolves have not taken to the field since the opening double-header way back on the eight when they split a double-header with NHTI. Their double-header against Great Bay Community College, which was scheduled for the 22nd, was postponed. The Lady SeaWolves will return to play on the 29th when they take on NHTI in Concord.
They return to SMCC on the 3oth when they will host the University of New Hampshire club team in a double header. Regardless of the lack of scheduled games the Lady SeaWolves have been practicing and should be ready for the UNH club team as Head Coach Ray Magnant will have the team ready to go.
This past Saturday the Wolves would have to go eight innings to grab a hard-fought win against the Herons of Great Bay Community College. The Wolves would get on the big board in the first inning when lead-off batter Ian Westphal walked and advanced to third when Peter Stauber grounded out to third. Westphal would score on a wild pitch giving SMCC the lead.
In the top of the third inning, Great Bay would level the score plating one run on a throwing error by the SeaWolves short stop. The Wolves would get the run back in the bottom of the third, as Stauber would lead off the inning with a single to right field. Stauber would steal second base and subsequently be advanced to third on a single by Dylan Francoeur.
Sean Adams would single to the Heron’s short stop, advancing Francoeur to second and collecting a run batted in as Stauber crossed the plate.
SMCC would increase their lead by two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Again, Peter Stauber would get a rally going, drawing a lead-off walk. Jacob Poole would follow with a single to right field. A Great Bay fielding error would allow Poole to advance to
third, pushing Stauber across the plate. Dylan Francoeur’s single to short stop would score Poole, padding SMCC’s lead to 5-1.
SMCC had a chance to push across one more run in the inning when Francoeur was thrown out at the plate.
With a comfortable lead of three runs going into the sixth inning, Great Bay would plate five runs in the top of the sixth and seventh, leveling the score at six apiece. SMCC would respond in each inning, gaining a run back as Westphal and Lesco would score a run a piece in the sixth and seventh inning, setting up an extra inning thriller.
Defense would stymie any ideas that Great Bay had about stealing a win in South Portland as the Heron’s lead-off batter would be thrown out at second trying to steal after getting on with a single to left field. The Heron’s were not able to regenerate their rally as their second batter would strike out swinging, and their third out came as a fly-out to right field.
The Wolves would score all they needed to, grabbing a hard-fought win against a pesky Heron squad with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Lead-off batter Jacob Poole would strike out swinging as Dylan Francoeur would follow with a double to left field. Sean Adams would also strike out swinging. With two outs and Francoeur on second base, Colby Gunter’s single to second base drove Francoeur across home plate securing the SeaWolves one run win.
The Wolves would use three pitchers to finish off the Herons. Stefan Lesco would get the start and last six innings, allowing six hits, three runs, walking two and striking out six. Cole Lawernce pitched one inning giving up one hit and allowing three runs while walking two. Sean Adams pitched the final inning allowing one hit.
The Wolves return to South Portland, where they will host the Mustangs of CMCC on the 26th. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 pm.