RUMFORD – Andy Shorey came on in relief and pitched six solid innings to help No. 3 Mountain Valley survive a scare with a 10-5 victory over No. 11 Cape Elizabeth in the Western Class B quarterfinals at Hosmer Field.

The Falcons scored six runs in the first inning, including a three-run home run by catcher Ben French. Matt Laubauskas, Shorey and Matt Lyons each hit RBI singles.

But the game certainly wasn’t over by a long shot. Cape Elizabeth came back with four runs in the second to cut the deficit to one run.

“They certainly didn’t lay down,” Falcons third baseman Corey Devoe said. “They fought back, and at that point, I thought it would be a high-scoring game. But, we tightened up our pitching and defense.”

Shorey took the mound with no outs and two runners on in the second inning. He loaded the bases with a walk and surrendered a three-run double to Andrew Guay.

But the right-hander did not allow a run for the rest of the game.

“Andy was tough,” Mountain Valley coach Steve LaPointe said. “He came in and threw strikes, and that’s what we needed. (Starting pitcher) Matt Laubauskas was wild right off.”

Shorey threw 82 pitches and stranded 10 runners, including a based-loaded situation in the sixth.

“Cape hit the ball well,” Shorey said. “But, right at our fielders, and they made the plays. I was confident with the defense. I didn’t have my best stuff today, so I mixed it up. It feels good because we’ve beaten Cape Elizabeth in football, basketball and baseball.”

No. 3 Mountain Valley faces Greely in the semifinals Saturday in Cumberland at 10:30 a.m.

After giving up six innings in the first, No. 11 Cape Elizabeth changed the tempo by bringing in Guay to relieve in the second. He proceeded to silence the Falcons for the next few innings.

Mountain Valley finally broke the game open with two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. After Laubauskas (three hits) singled and Justin Staires (two hits) walked, Shorey singled home both runs. In the fifth, pinch runner Dean McCrillis scored on Lyons hit and Laubauskas added an RBI double.

“That was a key hit by Lyons,” LaPointe said. “It was against a drawn-in infield and he reached out and slapped it the right side. We played solid defense, especially John McKenzie at second base. Laubauskas is available for Saturday, so we’ll go down to Greely and give it our best shot.”


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