Greely slips past Cape Elizabeth

Sport: Baseball

Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

Matt Labbe's RBI single in the 10th inning sends the Rangers to the regional final.
By RACHEL LENZI,
Staff Writer June 14, 2009

CAPE ELIZABETH — Hits were at a premium until the late innings. And Greely took full advantage of its few chances to put the ball in play Saturday in a Western Class B baseball semifinal

Matt Labbe's single in the 10th inning drove in the only run as the fourth-seeded Rangers defeated No. 1 Cape Elizabeth 1-0 in 10 innings at Holman Field.

"I didn't think this was going to go 10 innings," Greely Coach Derek Soule said. "But when we got to the field and saw that the wind was blowing in, I had a feeling it was going to be that kind of day."

And what would be the decisive factor on that kind of day?

"Someone had to catch a break," Soule said. "Guys are getting tired, the wind's blowing in and someone had to catch a break. We're fortunate enough that we did."

Labbe's hit – only Greely's third of the game – was a single that went down the third-base line and ultimately ended Cape Elizabeth's reign as Western Class B champion.

"I just tried to stay relaxed," said Labbe, whose hit drove in Pat Copp. "It was a fastball and it was 0-2 because I was supposed to watch the first pitch. The second one, I thought about it, and I saw the fastball."

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