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Eddies on fire after big win

EL’s softball team is on a five-game win streak and one of those victories was the Red Eddies 6-2 win over Oxford Hills Thursday.

EL lost to the Vikings 12-0 earlier in the year but produced a much better effort to earn an important victory. Junior outfielder Emily Johnson belted a three-run homer in the first inning to lead the Red Eddies to the victory.

“It was huge,” said EL coach Elaine Derosby. “The only top eight team we’ve beaten at this point was Messalonskee. We needed to be able to challenge ourselves and see how good we are. We’re good enough to be in the top eight. We have to take down the teams in the top eight. We needed to really get that win under our belt so we could say that we really deserve to be there.”

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EL followed that up with a solid victory over Mt. Ararat Friday. The Red Eddies opened a 5-0 lead and held off the Eagles. Pitcher Miranda Martin allowed just four hits.

Big week in MVC

Even with just one week to go, the Western C Heals race isn’t even close to being settled. The top four teams in the standings — Livermore Falls, St. Dom’s, Dirigo and Mt. Abram — will have a hand in each other’s fate. Not only do Livermore Falls, Dirigo and Mt. Abram, the top three teams in the MVC North, each have a chance to pick up points against Class B Mountain Valley, but Livermore Falls and Dirigo have a rematch in Livermore Falls on Wednesday.

The Andies won the first meeting, 4-1, on May 12. The Andies’ third game is against rival Jay, while Dirigo takes on St. Dom’s in its season-finale.

Mt. Abram and St. Dom’s don’t have as many points-rich games remaining on their respective schedules.

The Roadrunners have Carrabec and Telstar as the other two opponents on the slate. The Saints have Winthrop, Georges Valley and Monmouth Academy.

Gee, thanks

Every team in Eastern Class A boys’ lacrosse was assigned two crossover games outside the KVAC in order to construct a 12-game schedule this spring.

Lewiston easily got the roughest end of that deal. The Blue Devils drew defending Class A champion Portland and Class B Cape Elizabeth, a program that has played in the state final 10 of the first 12 years of MPA-sanctioned lacrosse.

“I think they did that because Lewiston has been traditionally strong in lacrosse the last few years,” said Bill Bodwell, the Blue Devils’ third different coach in three seasons.

Portland rallied in the fourth quarter for a 12-10 win over Lewiston, which fell 10-3 at Cape less than a week later.

Those losses have Lewiston (4-6) on the brink of playoff elimination, but the Devils do control their destiny. They meet Mt. Ararat and Edward Little — both 5-4, each directly ahead of Lewiston — this week.

It only takes nine

No chance that you’ll ever see a football team show up with the bare minimum 11 players and make it through an entire four-quarter game.

Take the air out of the ball long enough on each possession, avoid having anyone roll an ankle and maybe, if you’re lucky, five players will get you through a basketball game. Not many coaches or players will line up and volunteer to try it, though.

Nine players and no substitutes isn’t the optimum way to finish a baseball season, but it might be the one sport in which a team can get away with it.

Jay prospered in that unique, if uncomfortable situation Thursday, taking just enough bodies to cover the green in North Anson and riding home on a roomy bus after a 6-1 win over Carrabec.

The Tigers started the season with 14 players, dropped to 12 by the time they upset St. Dom’s in the season-opener and have watched the ranks reduced into the danger zone. That hasn’t stopped Chris Bessey’s team from putting up a fight all season long. Jay is 5-7 with a pair of one-run losses in the mix and would qualify for the Western Class C playoffs as the No. 7 seed if the postseason started today.

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