ELLSWORTH — Little League season has continued into the second week of July with the Ellsworth 11-12 softball team beginning state tournament play and three other Ellsworth teams opening their respective district tournaments.
On Sunday evening, Ellsworth’s 11-12 softball team played the first game of the state tournament against the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport/Wells-Ogunquit All-Stars. Ellsworth took a 2-0 lead early but could not hold off a strong rally from Kennebunk/Wells in a 12-2 loss.
Although the defeat sent Ellsworth to the loser’s bracket, the team can stay alive if it earns a win in its next game. Ellsworth faces the Medomak/Five Town Little League All-Stars at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, July 11.
In 11-12 baseball play, Ellsworth started 2-0 in District 1 tournament play with an 8-1 win last Monday over Bucksport Little League and a 14-1 Friday over Blue Hill’s Coastal Little League. The team then fell to a 1-0 defeat Saturday against Machias Little League.
Ellsworth bounced back Tuesday, though, as it defeated Bucksport 15-6 to reach the championship round. To advance to states, Ellsworth must beat Machias on Friday, July 12, and triumph in the resulting winner-take-all game between the two teams Saturday, July 13.
In the 9-10 baseball division, Ellsworth broke out the big bats in Saturday’s District 1 opener before falling 5-4 Tuesday against Sunrise Little League of Columbia. Ellsworth can return to the championship round with a win today, July 10, against Calais Little League.
Ellsworth’s 9-10 softball team got off to a strong start of its own Saturday when it defeated Sunrise 14-1 in Columbia. The team can claim the district title tomorrow with a win over Acadian Little League.