Sumner’s Ethan Chase takes a swing during an away game at George Stevens Academy on Monday. The Tigers were not able to generate much on offense, falling to the GSA Eagles 13-2. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY ZACH LANNING

Ellsworth, Bucksport baseball teams continue strong starts



ELLSWORTH — Hancock County high school baseball squads continued to swing for the fences — and wins — in recent days, as Ellsworth and Bucksport have proven a cut above through the first half of the regular season.

As of Monday, May 10, Ellsworth sported an unblemished 7-0 record, while Bucksport was not far behind with a 7-1 mark. Mount Desert Island was 3-3, George Stevens Academy was 2-5 and Sumner was 1-7.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Ellsworth 9, Old Town 2

At Ellsworth May 9, the Eagles kept their undefeated streak intact with a triumph over the Coyotes. Ellsworth plated two runs in the third inning, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth, while Old Town scored once in the sixth and seventh frames.

The hosts were led at the plate by Brett Bragdon (3 singles, 2 runs, RBI), David Baugh (double, run), Hunter Curtis (single, run, RBI), Luke Horne (run), Peter Keblinsky (triple, double), Brady Kenny (RBI), Craig Burnett (run, 2 stolen bases), Michael Palmer (RBI), Dan Howie (single, RBI), Miles Palmer (single, 2 runs) and Billy Garland (run).

For the visitors, Gabe Gifford (double, run), Payton Vose (single, run, RBI), Brendan Mahaney (single, run) and James Dumond (single) paced the offense.

Jordan Craft and Aiden Rand pitched for Old Town and allowed nine hits and six walks, with six strikeouts. Curtis and Michael Palmer pitched for Ellsworth and allowed four hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts.

Bucksport 4, Orono 3

At Orono May 9, the Golden Bucks went on the offensive in the sixth inning — to the tune of four runs — which proved enough to swing past the Red Riots. Orono plated single runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.

The Golden Bucks’ hit parade was paced by Tyler Hallett (hit, run), Jake Guty (3 hits, 2 RBIs), Ty Giberson (hit), Brandon Elden (hit), Cam Rich (2 hits), Ayden Maguire (run), Jason Terrill (hit, run) and Kaleb Nightingale (hit, run, 2 RBIs).

For the Red Riots, Ellis Spaulding (hit, RBI), Caleb Ryder (hit), Saladin Wise (RBI), Adam Sherman (run) and Jack Brewer (hit) paced the offense.

Guty went the distance on the bump for Bucksport and allowed three hits and three walks, to go along with 11 strikeouts. Sherman and Spaulding pitched for Orono and allowed 10 hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts.

George Stevens Academy 13, Sumner 2 (5 inns.)

At Blue Hill May 9, the Eagles swung to their second win of the campaign and second victory over the Tigers. GSA scored one run in the first inning, five in the second, five in the fourth and two in the fifth, while Sumner plated a pair in the third.

The Eagles were led at the dish by Brady Pert (single, run), Isaiah Radal (double, single, 2 runs), Sol Lorio (2 singles, 3 runs), Harrison Walden (2 singles, stolen base), Cameron Walden (run, steal), Will McArthur (single, run), Teague Smallidge (single, run, steal), Haven Smith (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 steals), Aubrey King (single), Aiden Sullivan (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 steals) and Kyle Gray (single).

For the Tigers, Connor Kelley (single, steal), Ethan Chase (single), Nolan Christiansen (single, steal), Cole Faulkingham (run, steal) and Ian Gatcomb (run) paced the offense.

Christiansen and Chase pitched for Sumner and scattered 15 hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts. Smallidge and Pert both toed the rubber for GSA and allowed three hits and one walk, with four strikeouts.

Bucksport 10, Searsport 1

At Searsport May 6, the Golden Bucks remained unbeaten and swung past the defending state Class D champion Vikings. Bucksport scored three runs in the first inning two in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Josh Wright and Sam Cahill had hits for Searsport and Cole Ellis plated the lone run, while Bucksport was keyed offensively by Tyler Hallett (hit, run, RBI), Gavyn Holyoke (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Jake Guty (2 hits, run), Ty Giberson (2 hits, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Brandon Elden (hit, RBI), Cam Rich (hit, RBI), Ayden Maguire (2 hits, RBI), Jason Terrill (run), Kaleb Nightingale (run, RBI) and Gunther Cyr (run).

Guty and Rich pitched for Bucksport and allowed two hits and six walks, with six strikeouts. Gage Ellis, Ashton Ellis, Sam Cahill, Nate Ashey, Drew Bagley and Kyle Larrabe pitched for Searsport and allowed 11 hits and seven walks, with five strikeouts.

Washington Academy 8, George Stevens Academy 0

At Blue Hill May 6, the Raiders went on the offensive and prevailed via shutout over the Eagles. WA scored single runs in the second, third and fifth innings and five in the seventh.

GSA was led offensively by Sol Lorio (single, stolen base), Brady Hutchins (single) and Haven Smith (single), while Washington Academy was paced by Brian Dennison (double, 2 singles, run, 3 steals), Carson Prout (triple, run, steal), Caden Schwinn (double, single, 2 runs, 3 steals), Tristan Hicks (run, 3 steals), Lucas Cates (run), Ben Hennessey (run) and Mike Taylor (single, run).

Prout went the distance on the hill for the Raiders as he allowed three hits and two walks, with 15 strikeouts. Teague Smallidge, Lorio and Bretton Lebel pitched for GSA and allowed six hits and five walks, with nine strikeouts.

Machias 13, Sumner 0 (5 inns.)

At Sullivan May 6, the Bulldogs took a bite out of the host Tigers and secured a victory via the mercy rule. Machias scored twice in the second frame, six in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Bo Newenham tripled for the lone Sumner hit, while J.J. Rhodes, Ethan Foss and Kyle Anderson rapped three hits for Machias, including four RBIs for Anderson.

Rhodes was masterful on the bump for Machias as he struck out 13 of 15 batters he faced in the victory.

Jonesport-Beals 4, Sumner 3

At Sullivan May 2, the Royals did enough to emerge with a win over the Tigers.

Connor Kelley doubled, singled and knocked in two runs for the Tigers, while Bryson Parritt added an RBI-single for the hosts.

Damon Beal belted two doubles and collected two RBIs, while Joe Doughty added a single for the Royals.

Brevan Kenney went the distance on the mound for Jonesport-Beals and struck out 13 batters in the winning effort.

Brewer 7, Mount Desert Island 4

At Brewer May 7, the Trojans were spellbound by the hosts as the Witches swung to a three-run victory. Brewer scored a pair of runs in the second, third and sixth innings and plated a single run in the fourth, while MDI scored single tallies in the first and sixth frames and added two more in the seventh.

The MDI offense was keyed by A.J. Lozano (hit, run), Quintin Pileggi (hit), Aiden Grant (2 hits, run, RBI), Joey Wellman-Clouse (run), Brendan Graves (hit, run), Logan Blanchette (hit, RBI), Jacob Shields (hit) and Noah Keeley (RBI).

For Brewer, Grady Vanidestine (hit), Rowan Valley (hit, 2 runs), Logan Levensalor (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Noah Tibbetts (2 hits, run, RBI), Andrew Hodgkins (2 hits 2 RBIs, run) and Evan Nadeau (hit, 2 runs) paced the offense.

Pileggi, Jay Haney and Keeley pitched for the Trojans and scattered nine hits and seven walks, with six strikeouts. Anderson Clifford, Maddox Torrey and Kaiden Morin pitched for the Witches and allowed seven hits and nine walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Ellsworth 10, Hermon 0 (5 inns.)

At Hermon May 5, the Eagles soared past the Hawks and remained undefeated on the campaign. Ellsworth scored four runs in the first inning, one in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.

The Eagles were led at the plate by Brett Brandon (single, run), David Baugh (home run, single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Hunter Curtis (double, 2 runs), Peter Keblinsky (single, run), Craig Burnett (single, run, RBI), Michael Palmer (double, single, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Dan Howie (2 singles, 2 RBIs) and Billy Garland (run).

Parker Foley (single), Chris Gage (double) and Maddox Kinney (single) paced the Hawk offense.

Burnett went the distance for Ellsworth and allowed three hits and one walk, with eight strikeouts. Anthony Crisafulli and Daniel England pitched for Hermon and allowed 10 hits and four walks, with two strikeouts.

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