2012-06-22 / In the News

Messalonskee slips past Red Storm for title

Runner-up Scarborough closes season with 17-3 record
By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Scarborough catcher Conor McCann puts the tag on Messalonskee’s Travis St. Pierre during Saturday’s Class A state championship baseball game at St Joseph’s College in Standish. Messalonskee won, 6-3. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Scarborough catcher Conor McCann puts the tag on Messalonskee’s Travis St. Pierre during Saturday’s Class A state championship baseball game at St Joseph’s College in Standish. Messalonskee won, 6-3. (Kevin A. Byron photo) The Class A state final game did not go the way that the Scarborough boys baseball team wanted, but coach Michael Coutts said the team has a lot to be proud of this season.

“It was a great year for the kids,” he said this week. “They have a lot to be proud of.”

Despite losing in the Class A state final 6-3 to Messalonskee High School, Coutts said no one can take away what the team (17-3) accomplished over the course of the regular season and playoffs.

“Obviously we didn’t play well (in the state final). We had 11 errors all season and we had seven in that game. We didn’t play very well defensively, but I don’t think that is indicative of how we played during the season. It was just one of those things that happens in this sport,” Coutts said.


Ben Greenberg delivers a pitch for the Red Storm during last Saturday’s Class A state championship game against Messalonskee. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Ben Greenberg delivers a pitch for the Red Storm during last Saturday’s Class A state championship game against Messalonskee. (Kevin A. Byron photo) While the seven errors certainly didn’t help the Red Storm, Coutts said the turning point in the game came in the fifth inning when the Messalonskee shortstop made a “tremendous play” to turn a potential rally by the Red Storm into a inning-ending double play.

Scarborough led 2-0 through three and a half innings. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Messalonskee scored four runs, thanks to several Scarborough miscues. Messalonskee tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Scarborough’s rally in the top of the seventh, in which they got one run, fell short. It was the first Class A state title for Messalonskee, which finished the season 15-5. The last state title for Scarborough was in 1986, when the team played in Class B.

No doubt, the loss, left many of his players disappointed, Coutts said.

“Their disappointment is, one, they didn’t win and two, they didn’t play as well as they wanted to play, especially defensively. We are as good as anyone else in the game defensively,” Coutts said.

Nevertheless, Coutts said he hopes his team views the season as a success, not a failure.

“It’s obviously disappointing, but you have to look at the entire body of work. They made a commitment to each other and did everything they could to win a state title. They have to be proud of that fact.”

“I think the season went well,” he added. “Every single day we went out on the field, our kids were committed and gave 100 percent.”

Even in failure, Coutts said, there are learning opportunities.

“Failure is not failure. Failure is an opportunity to learn something. Throughout the year, that is what we talked about,” he said.

In the game of high school baseball, Coutts said the ultimate reward is not how many games a team wins or loses, but rather how far they came individually and as a team from start to finish.

“The reward is the journey from the first game to the final game and everything these kids learned and went through,” Coutts said.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at 282-4337, ext. 237.

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