A Brief History in Greely Baseball
Evidence of Greely baseball teams have been discovered back to 1915. Greely was a member of the original “Triple C,” a conference comprised of small schools like Freeport, Pennell Institute of Gray, Standish, Buxton, New Gloucester, and Gorham.
Details of the early years were given during an interview with Bill Farwell who coached baseball at Greely Institute from 1937 to 1941 and who was a teacher and principal at Greely from 1937 to 1971. In these early days, Greely only had about 20 male students in the entire school but managed to field a baseball team year in and year out and was always very competitive. There was no athletic director. The coach scheduled games, and gathered up what equipment they could. Players purchased or made their own wooden bats.
The original home field was located just behind the Gyger gym. The third-base line ran along the side of today’s high school and the first base-line ran along the southwing, or old middle school. It was an all dirt infield with apple trees in left and center field. Players and coaches were responsible for chalking the lines before games and maintaining the field throughout the season. Three canvas bases were held down with a strap and spike. There was no pitching mound.
Game time was right after school, no early dismissals. The umpires were whoever the coach could find locally. There was only one, so he stood behind the pitcher and did the best he could. There were very few arguments; after all, he was a volunteer.
The team was given 12 baseballs to last the entire year. One new ball was used each game and whatever used balls they had left. Foul balls had to be retrieved before the game could move forward which made for some lengthy delays.
Uniforms were passed down from year to year and often sent home for patches. Transportation to away games was always challenging. There were no buses. Coach Farwell would take 5 in his car and usually could find a friend or parent to take the rest.
In 1948, Coach Into Suomi, a beloved Japanese-American coaching in the post World War II culture was at the helm. Coach Suomi was a demolitions expert at a local rock quarry. One weekend, he had the boys bring their shovels to the field. They dug-out around the apple trees in the outfield; he planted the dynamite, lit the fuse and told the boys to run! One by one they cleared out the trees. Unfortunately, they could not get the holes filled before the next home game. Sure enough, Greely’s ace, big Don Mclean had a no-hitter going late vs. NYA and there was a deep drive to left center. All-star center fielder Bob Logan stepped into one of the holes as he was making the catch and disappeared. He held his glove up just above the ground level to show the umpire he had made the catch and was given the out. Mclean went on to throw the first no-hitter in Greely baseball history!
That year, the Rangers lost a best of 3 League Championship series to Falmouth. The following year, 1949, Greely Institute won its first “Triple C” crown by defeating Cape Elizabeth 4-3 in the championship. Three players were named to the all-star team: All-star pitcher Earl ‘Curveball’ Jackson was 6-0, All-Star center fielder Bob Logan batted .525 as well as third baseman Linwood Packard.
The Rangers continued to field very competitive teams in the 1950’s, twice losing in the league championship game. The Rangers reached new heights in early 1960’s, winning 3 consecutive league championships in 1960, 1961 and 1962. Terry Snow led the way as a pitcher (14-1) and has a dominate force at the plate. In those 3 years Greely won 23 of 25 contests including our only undefeated team (9-0) in 1960.
In 1969, the Rangers defeated Cape Elizabeth 4-2 for another league title in front of an estimated crowd of 650. In the sectional championship, Greely fireballer Bobby Doyle struck-out 20 batters in 13 innings of work. The game was called for darkness and York and Greely were named co- sectional champions.
In 1975, Greely moved to a new field just below the existing multi-purpose field where the current junior high softball field sets. The short porch to left (289 feet) and center (300 feet) and ‘all you can get’ in left made for some high scoring contests. The powerful 1975 team, led by legendary coach Glenn Hutchins, was well suited for the field and won 15 consecutive games, including our first Western Maine Regional Championship before falling to Searsport in the State title game. Greely was led that year by ace Wiley Doyle, short-stop Kyle Hutchins, power hitting catcher Mark Curneil and Gary York.
In the 1990’s Greely baseball reached new heights. From 1990 to 1999, the Greely baseball team under coach Bob Anthoine compiled a record of 141 wins and 46 losses, 2 State titles, 4 western Maine Championships and 2 league titles.
In 1997, Greely won its first State Championship over Winslow 8-1. Greely was led by ace Brandon Brewer(6-0) was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays that year and All-State first basemen All-Andrew Hanson who batted .500 and later went on to re-write the Princeton record books.
In 1999, Tory Bals’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth scored Miles Hunt with the game winning run to defeat Camden-Rockport 3-2 for a second state title. The game was the final for coach Anthoine. After 14 years, coach Anthoine finished as Greely baseball’s all-time victory leader as a coach with an overall record of 171 wins and 83 losses, 2 State titles, 4 Regional Championships, 2 league titles and 1 regional runner-up.
In 2000, former Greely player Derek Soule was named head coach. The Rangers have continued to be very competitive with Regional Championship appearances in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011, league championships in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009 and 2011. In 2007 the Rangers captured the State Championship for the third time in school history with a 4-0 win over Winslow. In the State Championship game, Caleb Jordan threw a complete game 3-hit shut-out and Andrew Cimino tripled, doubled and hit a single to lead the offense. In 2009, the Rangers again captured the State Championship, with a 2-0 win over Gardiner. Sam Stauber came within one strike of a no-hitter, settling for a 1 hit shut-out, while striking-out 10. In the process they became the first Greely baseball team to capture the Western Maine Conference League Championship, the Regional Championship and the State Championship. The Rangers added a League and Western Maine Regional Championship in 2011, recording a record of 16-4.
In 2005 Greely moved to their current home, Spring Brook field. The field is by far the biggest home field Greely has played on with 327 feet down both the left and right lines and 355 feet to center. Spacious dug-outs and an electronic scoreboard were finished in 2006.
Magical Moments and Amazing Feats in Greely Baseball History:
May, 1949: Greely rallies to score nine runs in the ninth to defeat Standish 14-13.
May, 1969: Bobby Doyle throws a 9 inning no-hitter vs. Freeport. His very next outing, he losses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the ninth against Scarborough ending his streak of 17 2/3 innings without allowing a hit.
June, 1969: Bobby Doyle strikes-out 20 in 13 innings of work vs. York in the sectional championship in front of an estimated crowd of 850 people.
May, 1975: Powerful, 6’ 5” burley Mark Curneil cracks 3 homeruns, a triple and drives in 8 vs. Gray.
1975: The Rangers win their first 15 games before falling to Searsport in the State Championship.
1985: Greely scores 28 runs vs. Windham, the most ever in school history.
May 1992: The Greely Rangers ended Cape Elizabeth's 33 game win streak and 4 year home win streak with a 6-2 victory. Brian Jolliffe had four hits, 3 RBI including a homerun. Steve Williams added a 2-run homerun and Chris Gadway earned the win, striking-out 9, walking 2 and allowing 5 hits.
June 1994: Center-fielder Ronnie Hutchins guns out the potential tying run at the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the seventh to win the Western Maine Championship.
1995: The Greely pitching staff records 5 consecutive shut-outs.
1996: The Rangers win their first 14 games and are ranked in the top 5 in New England by NESN.
1996: The Rangers fall behind 10-0 after on inning in the League Championship vs. Scarborough but rally for a 16-15 victory.
June, 1997: Greely senior, Brandon Brewer is drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays but accepts a full scholarship to play baseball at UMO. Brandon receives the JohnWinkin award as the State player of the year.
June, 1997: Chad Googins leads off the State Championship with a homerun and pitches a complete game in leading the Rangers to their first State Championship 8-1 over Winslow.
May 1998: Senior Ryan Russell hits 2 homeruns in an inning to lead Greely over Gorham.
May 1999: Senior left-hander Neil Hutchings faces only 21 batters, the minimum through 7 innings in a 1-0 victory over Gorham. Gorham’s 1 hit was erased on a double play.
May 1999: Greely hits 5 homeruns in one game vs. Lake Region in the win.
June, 1999: The hard-hitting Rangers record a .377 team batting average and defeat pitcher Mike Collar (later drafted by the Astros), scored 8 runs in the eighth to out-slug Gorham 16-8, defeated Cape Elizabeth’s Brian Robinson (later starred at UVM) and Camden Roockport’s Mike McDonald (later drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays) to capture the 1999 State Championship.
April 2000: Greely scores 15 runs in the first inning vs. Poland in Derek Soule’s first inning as the new head coach.
2000: Greely wins 13 consecutive games, including 4 shut-outs in 5 games before falling to Maranacook in the Western Maine Championship in 9 innings. For the regular season, the Rangers give up only 30 runs in 16 games.
2000: Adam Lemieux hits safely in all 20 games, finishes the regular season with a .600 batting average (30-50) a 1.080 slugging average.
May 2001: After giving up 10 runs in the first, Greely goes on to defeat Wells 16-13.
May 2001: Down 9-3 in the semi-finals vs. Scarborough, Greely rallies to win 12-11 behind Mark Baumer’s 6 RBI.
May 2003: Senior Ryan Burke goes 5 for 5 in a 5 inning game with a homerun and 3 doubles to lead Greely over Wells.
2004: The Greely pitching staff of Ryan Copp, Jon Alley, Jake Richardson, Sam Green and Caleb Jordan finishes the season with a 0.91 ERA.
May 2004: Senior Kevin Burke hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs in one inning in a victory over York.
June 2004: The eighth seeded Rangers get a 1 hitter from Jon Alley in the first play-off game vs. Freeport in a 1-0 win, Ryan Copp pitches a 1 hitter to upset number 1 seeded Gorham in the second round and Jake Richardson throws a 2-hit shut-out to lead Greely over Lincoln Academy in the semi-finals.
May 2005: Pitcher Sam Green works out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied at Lake Region and steals home in the top on the ninth for the winning run.
June 2005: Down 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh, with the 7-8-9 hitters coming-up vs. Fryeburg in the first round of the play-offs, the Rangers rally to tie the game on highlighted by Jon Alley’s 2-out single up the middle to tie the game and win it in the bottom of the eighth on Kevin Burke’s eighth inning single.
May 2006: Senior Paul Valente losses a no-hitter with 2-outs in the seventh vs. Yarmouth on a 0-2 count in the bottom of the seventh and settles for a 1 hitter. In his next start, Valente throws a no-hitter vs. Wells.
May 2006: Junior Caleb Jordan throws a no-hitter vs. Lake Region and hits a grand slam to lead Greely to a 7-0 victory.
2006: In a remarkable stretch, the Greely pitching staff of Paul Valente, Sam Green, Jake Richardson and Caleb Jordan allow only 9 hits in 9 games including 2 no-hitters. For the year, the Rangers only allow 3.53 hits per game.
2006: Senior Chris Martin records 9 consecutive hits including 2 homeruns and 3 doubles over a 3 game stretch.
June 2006: Matt McDonough hits a two-run, walk-off homerun to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 semi-final play-off victory over Falmouth.
2007: The Greely pitching staff of Caleb Jordan, Nate Mecray, Brandon Gallagher, Andrew Cimino, Jonas Maynard, and Matt McDonough combine for a school record 9 shut-outs, 10 complete games, a school record 0.68 ERA and 3.9 hits allowed per game for the season.
2007: The Ranger defensive goes 6 consecutive games without committing an error.
June 2007: In perhaps the most remarkable comeback in Maine high school play-off history, the Greely Rangers score 6 runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Mountain Valley 7-6 in the semi-finals. Greely scored 6 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter, the last two runs scoring with 2 outs.
June 2007: Caleb Jordan throws a complete game 3 hit shut-out with 8 strike-outs to lead Greely to a 4-0 win over Winslow in the State Championship game. Andrew Cimino leads the offense with a triple, double and single.
April 2008: The Rangers score 26 runs, tie a school record with 5 homeruns and set a school record with 24 RBI with a 26-0 opening day victory at Freeport. Juniors Kevin Hart and Ryan Howland hit homeruns in their first varsity at-bats.
2008: Nate Martin shatters the school single season stolen base record. Nate steals 26 stolen bases in 26 attempts and sets the career record of 40 by the end of his junior season.
2009: Nate Martin shatters the school career stolen base record. Nate finishes his career with 63 career stolen bases and is named first team All-Conference for the third time, named WMC Player of the Year, receives the Roppert Johnson award as the outstanding player/sportsman of the year by the umpire association, First team All-State for the second year, named as one of 4 finalist for the john WInking award as the top player in the State, and named to the Maine senior west squad and Maine senior vs. New Hampshire game.
May 2009: The Greely Rangers set a school record by hitting six homeruns in a single game at York.
May 2009: Senior Kevin Hart hits two grand slams in the same week.
2009: Senior Kevin Hart ties the school record with 29 RBI in a single season.
2009: Senior Sam Stauber sets a school record with 10 victories in a single season.
June 2009: Freshmen Mike Leeman throws 7 shut-out innings, allowing just 3 hits and Junior Ben Russell throws 3 hit-less innings of relief to shut-out number 1-0 seed Cape Elizabeth 1-0 in the semi-finals.
June 2009: The Greely Rangers capture their fourth State title with a 2-0 win over Gardiner. Senior Sam Stauber pitches a 1 hit shut-out with 10 strike-outs, coming within 1 strike of a no-hitter. Pat Copp and Kevin Hart drive in the Rangers only runs.
May 2010: Senior Luke Booth hits walk-off singles in back to back games. The first in the bottom of the eleventh vs. York and the second in the bottom of the eighth vs. Falmouth.
May 2010: Senior Ben Walsh , after getting hit by a pitch in 4 consecutive at bats, hits a deep homerun into the bleechers in left field at Wells.
June 2011: Junior Mike Leeman takes a no-hitter into the sixth inning vs. Yarmouth and holds off a late rally to defeat Yarmouth 7-5 to capture the school's 8th Western Maine Regional Championship.
April 2012: The Rangers beat Lake Region 28-0 on opening day setting the school record for largest margin of victory. Jonah Normandeau throws 5 perfect innings and leads the 24 hit attack with 5 hits. Fourteen different Rangers record a hit on the day.
May 2012: Jonah Normandeau hits a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh to lead Greely to a 2-1 win over York. Bailey Train pitches a complete game with 13 strike-outs.