Ellsworth, Bucksport earn top seeds in postseason baseball tournaments



ELLSWORTH — With the regular season a recent memory, Hancock County high school baseball teams are looking to swing for the fences and put together deep postseason runs in their regional tournaments.

In Class B North, Ellsworth (15-1, 166.2500 Heal Points) finished first and Mount Desert Island (8-8, 67.1093 points) seventh in the 15-team region.

No. 1 Ellsworth earned a bye through the prelim round and straight to the quarterfinals, where it will face the winner of the prelim playoff game between No. 8 Waterville (6-10) and No. 9 Hermon (7-9).

No. 7 Mount Desert Island hosted, and beat, No. 10 Caribou (5-12) in a prelim playoff game on Monday, June 6. Thus, the Trojans, now 9-8, will advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of the prelim between No. 2 Old Town (10-6) and No. 15 Presque Isle (1-15).

In Class C North, Bucksport (15-1, 151.1718 points) finished first, George Stevens Academy (4-12, 31.8750 points) 14th and Sumner (4-12, 13.3013 points) 16th.

No. 1 Bucksport hosted No. 16 Sumner in a prelim playoff game on Tuesday, June 7. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will face the winner of the prelim between No. 8 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (5-11) and No. 9 Washington Academy of East Machias (7-9).

No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (9-7) hosted No. 14 GSA in a prelim playoff game on Tuesday, June 7. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will face the winner of the prelim between No. 6 Mount View of Thorndike (11-5) and Piscataquis of Guilford (4-12).

The following is a recap of reported end-of-season reported results:

Ellsworth 10, Mount Desert Island 0 (6 inns.)

At Bar Harbor June 1, the Eagles held the host Trojans to three hits and swung to a mercy-rule victory. Ellsworth scored one run in the fourth inning, seven in the fifth and two in the sixth.

The Eagles were led from the batter’s box by Hunter Curtis (single, run, RBI), Brett Bragdon (3 singles, run), Peter Keblinsky (single, 3 runs, stolen base), David Baugh (run), Craig Burnett (3 singles, 3 RBIs, 2 runs), Michael Palmer (single, RBI), Dan Howie (2 singles, run, 2 RBIs) and Miles Palmer (double, single, run, steal).

For the Trojans, Joey Wellman-Clouse (2 singles) and Nick Jacobs (single) paced the offense.

Baugh pitched for Ellsworth and allowed three hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts. Quentin Pileggi, Logan Blanchette and Jay Haney pitched for MDI as the trio allowed 12 hits and four walks, with three strikeouts.

Bucksport 11, Searsport 1 (5 inns.)

At Bucksport May 31, the Golden Bucks scored 11 unanswered runs and walked off with a win over the Vikings. Searsport scored its lone run in the first, while Bucksport plated two in the first, four in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth.

For Bucksport, Tyler Hallett (hit, 2 runs), Gavyn Holyoke (hit, 3 runs), Jake Guty (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Ty Giberson (RBI), Brandon Elden (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Cam Rich (hit, run, RBI), Ayden Maguire (hit, RBI) and Kaleb Nightingale (hit, RBI) led the offense.

Cole Ellis singled and knocked in one run for Searsport, while Chase Brassbridge singled and Sam Cahill scored.

Giberson tossed a two-hitter for the Golden Bucks as he yielded one walk and struck out 10. Gage Ellis, Ashton Ellis, Kyle Larrabee and Charlie Lewis pitched for the Vikings and allowed nine hits and five walks, with three strikeouts.

In the bottom of the fifth, leading 9-1, Hallett drew a walk, Holyoke singled and Guty drew a walk. Hallett came in on a ground out, while Giberson scampered in on a passed ball to give the Golden Bucks the walk-off win.

Sumner 6, Narraguagus 3

At Harrington May 31, the Tigers doubled the Knights to conclude regular season play. Sumner scored one run in the second inning, two in the fourth and three in the fifth, while Narraguagus plated two in the first and one in the fourth.

Keith Burgess worked 5 2/3 innings on the hill for the Tigers and Nolan Christiansen went the final 1 1/3 frames as the duo allowed a combined four hits to go with 10 strikeouts.

Braydon Hayward (2 singles, 3 RBIs), Bo Newenham (2 singles) and Connor Kelley (2 singles) paced Sumner at the dish, while Ryan Rolfe (2 singles, RBI) keyed Narraguagus.

George Stevens Academy 3, Central 2

At Blue Hill May 31, the Eagles ended their five-game losing streak and ended the regular season with a win over the Red Devils. GSA plated single runs in the first, second and sixth innings, while Central plated its runs in the fourth.

The Eagles were led at the plate by Sol Lorio (2 singles, run, stolen base), Harrison Walden (single), Bretton Lebel (2 doubles, run) and Brady Hutchins (run).

For the Red Devils, Hayden Strout (double, run), Bryce Burns (run, stolen base) and Bryce Cadieux (single) paced the offense.

Lorio went the distance on the hill for GSA and allowed two hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts. Ben Speed and Simon Allen pitched for Central and allowed five hits and two walks, with one strikeout.

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