Beating Poland and moving up in the Heal Points standings on Tuesday probably helps, too.

The Yachtsmen flashed the leather impressively to back up a gutty effort by pitcher Addison Foltmer and hold off the scrappy Knights, 3-2, in the teams’ Western Maine Conference finale.

Foltmer allowed two runs on four hits, fanned four and walked three in six innings to pick up the win. Will D’Agostino closed it out with a 1-2-3 seventh as Falmouth clinched no worse than the No. 2 seed in Western A.

“I thought Addy threw a great game today,” Falmouth coach Kevin Winship said. “He kept the ball down. I thought he kept them off-balance for the most part. His pitch count got up there a little bit. We thought he was getting a little bit tired.”

“(D’Agostino) is a great pitcher for an inning. He throws gas,” Foltmer said. “It’s a nice change of pace to have him come in.”

With their 10th win in a row, the Yachtsmen (14-2) will be the hottest team going into the Western A tournament. The Knights (12-4), meanwhile, will head into the Western B tournament as the No. 3 seed coming off a tough loss, but also taking some solace in the fact that they hung tough with one of the top teams in Class A despite the fact that their ace wasn’t on top of his game.

Lukas Johnson struggled with his control, walking six, and scattering seven hits. But he didn’t allow Falmouth to put together a big inning, stranding 10 baserunners.

“He was wild. This was the first time all year he’s shown that,” Poland coach Mike Connor said. “He hadn’t allowed an earned run coming into today. Six walks was a little out of character.”

Two walks in the second came back to haunt the Knights. With runners at second and third and two out, Connor MacDowell beat out an infield hit to the left side. Colin Coyne scored on the grounder, and the throw to get MacDowell went under the first baseman’s glove, sending Jesse Mechiskey home with a second run.

Falmouth’s defense got started early, turning a slick 4-6-3 double play to erase Corey Cunliffe’s leadoff single in the first. The Knights tried to to put more pressure on with a couple of bunt attempts in the third, but third baseman Noah Nelson made a nice play of one and Foltmer handled the second easily.

“These guys are used to those,” Winship said. “You can ask these guys. They field thousands and thousands of slow rollers from March until we’re done. That’s one of the things we pride ourselves in.”

Coyne’s sacrifice fly extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth.

Poland scored its runs in the fifth. Johnson led off with a walk, moved to third when Shawn Murphy belted a double to center, then scored on Billy Bickford’s ground out to second. With two out, Matt Rabasco beat out an infield hit on a ball up the middle to score Murphy.

The Knights tried put together another rally in the sixth. With one out, Connor Aube, charging in on a Jake Simard fly to center, made a diving catch that turned out to look even better in retrospect because Foltmer walked the next two batters.

“It was a short-hit ball. The wind took it in. I just read it well,” Aube said. “I just felt like, got to get there, got to catch it, got to make a play.”

Right fielder Reece Armitage ended the threat with a nice catch near the foul line to rob Murphy’s bit for an opposite field hit that would have at least plated the tying run.

“Coming up with that defense I think was a big momentum shift for us,” Winship said.

The fireballing D’Agostino finished it off in 12 pitches on a pair of ground outs and strikeout on a knee-buckling curve.


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