By the Beacon Sports Staff
While the major leagues have started division and league playoffs culminating in the annual fall classic, the World Series, Southern Maine Community College will be hosting the Yankee Small College Conference Round Robin this coming Saturday. Both SeaWolve teams will be taking to the diamonds to play conference rivals in what should be an exciting day for the community college softball and baseball fan.
The SeaWolves baseball team enters the tournament with a 10-4 overall record. Since the last Beacon the squad has gone 5-3. The Wolves swept both New Hampshire Technical Institute (7-5 and 15-6) and Central Maine Community College (5-3 and 11-2), while splitting with Great Bay Community College (18-1 and 4-9) and being swept by the College of Saint Joseph’s of Vermont 1-4 in both games).
On the softball side of the diamond, the Lady SeaWolves will be entering Saturday’s Round Robin play with a 3-3 record. While the Lady Wolves have not been able to schedule as many games as the baseball team has, they ride a three-game winning streak into the tournament.
The Lady SeaWolves swept Great Bay Community College this past weekend (10-2 and 12-11). The previous weekend the Wolves split an exhibition double header with the University of New Hampshire club team winning the second game 9-1 however dropping the opener 6-3.
Two weekends ago the Lynx of NHTI swept the Wolves in play at SMCC (7-4 and 11-3).
In the opening game of this past Saturday’s double-header with CMCC, the SeaWolves baseball team jumped all over the CMCC’s errors plating four runs in the first inning. The Mustangs would chip away at the Wolves lead in the fourth and fifth innings scoring three runs, one of which the Wolves would get back in the bottom of the fifth.
Ian Westphal started the inning off with a triple to right field and scored when the next SeaWolve batter Peter Stauber reached base on a Mustang fielding error taking second base on the play. Stauber was able to reach third on a Dylan Francouer ground out to third base and would score when Colby Gunter reached first on another Mustang fielding error.
With one out, the Mustang’s would find themselves in the unenviable position of seeing a SeaWolve at every plate. Stefan Lesco would also reach base on an error which also advanced Gunter to second base. The next Wolf batter, Sean Adams would get hit by a pitch loading the bases.
With the bases fully occupied Jack Sawicki singled to center field driving Gunter across the plate scoring an unearned run while leaving the bases loaded. With one out and the bases loaded, the Mustang’s woes would continue with a wild pitch that would allow Sawicki to take second base and Adams to advance to third. CMCC would collect the second out of the inning as Lesco would be caught trying to steal home plate.
SMCC would grab their fourth run of the inning when Cole Lawrence would single to the CMCC shortstop allowing Sean Adams to score from third. The inning would end on a Cody Bryant fly out to right field.
Individually, sophomore Dylan Francouer sports a .488 batting average while collecting 20 hits (two doubles and two home runs). Francouer has scored 12 runs, gathered 15 runs-batted-in 41 at bats. Senior Sean Adams maintains a .311 batting average, collecting 8 runs while securing 13 runs-batted-in over 45 at bats.
This Saturday SMCC will host the Fall Round Robin with the top four Yankee Small College Conference teams taking to the diamond to play each other. The College of Saint Joseph’s of Vermont sits atop the standings with a .750 winning percentage curtesy of a 6-2 record.
SMCC occupies the second spot with a 10-4 record and a .714 winning percentage. The Herons of Great Bay Community College sit in third with a 5-3 record and a .625 winning percentage.
The 3-9 Central Maine Community College Mustangs sit in fourth with a .250 win-loss percentage and NHTI trails all conference teams with a 2-10 record that warrants a .167 win-loss percentage.
Both St Joe’s and SMCC ride a two-game winning streak into Saturday’s play. The Herons will be looking to build upon their one-game winning streak.
On the softball diamond, the Lady Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute comes into Saturday’s Round Robin looking to continue their dominance of the YSCC field. The Lady Lynx have taken three out of four against the Seawolves after dropping the season opener to the SeaWolves. Highlights from that double header include Emily Lashua’s impressive day at the plate which earned her recognition as a YSCC Player of the Week. Emily went 5-7 for a .714 batting average, recording two runs-batted-in, two stolen bases and earning a trip to first base with a walk.
Over the course of the season, Emily has leveled off to a .538 batting average with seven hits (two of which are doubles), scoring 3 runs and collecting five runs-batted-in over 13 at bats. Lady SeaWolve veterans Sara Ring and Meranda Martin both sport a .500 batting average and have six hits in 12 at bats. Martin has also scored eight runs while Ring has pushed across seven runs-batted-in.
The Beacon would like to wish both squads good luck in the Fall Round Robin play.