The Portland High School baseball team after defeating Westbrook 12-1 on April 30. The team’s only senior, Mike Quesnel, was selected as a Standout Athlete after hitting a three-run home run and scoring four runs in the victory.
Here are the Rivereast Standout Athletes of the Week for the week of April 25-May 1:
Mike Quesnel- Portland High School (Baseball): Quesnel was 2-2 with a single and a three-run blast in the third inning as the Highlanders defeated Westbrook 12-1 to earn their first victory of the season on April 30. The senior, who is the Class President, also scored four runs and was walked twice. Quesnel, the only senior player on the team, was honored on Senior Night with senior team manager Kendall Prince prior to a rematch with Westbrook on Monday. The Highlanders again defeated Westbrook 5-2, sweeping the season series.
Sarah Newton- Bacon Academy (Lacrosse): Newton scored a career-high seven goals and dished out a pair of assists as the Bobcats defeated RHAM 17-6 on April 28. The senior, who will play lacrosse at Springfield College, leads the team in points (47) through the first 11 games as the Bobcats stand at 7-4. Newton has now scored over 100 career high school goals during her time at Bacon.
Sean Connolly- RHAM High School (Baseball): Connolly had a game-winning hit as the Raptors erased a one-run deficit to defeat East Catholic 5-4 on April 27. The sophomore smoked a line drive in the bottom of the 7th inning—driving home Brad D’Amico for the winning run—and earned the win on the mound after striking out a pair of batters and pitching a scoreless top of the 7th. RHAM trailed 4-3 heading into the final inning before Mike Poncini sent home Chase Melzen for the game-tying run prior to Connolly’s walk-off, which improved the team to 8-0 this spring.
Chelsea Woods- East Hampton High School (Softball): Woods has consecutive standout performances as the Bellringers won back-to-back games, defeating Morgan on April 27 and Valley Regional the following day. The sophomore had three hits, driving in three runs and scoring three more in a 15-11 win over the Huskies from Clinton. In the a 5-4 win over Valley, Woods cranked her first home run, scoring twice on a pair of hit and driving in two.
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