Ellsworth, Bucksport rolling in baseball regionals

ELLSWORTH — It was a memorable 2022 regular season for Hancock County high school baseball teams, as two made a serious play for regional and state titles.

In Class B North, No. 1 Ellsworth (17-1), which received a first-round postseason bye, was 2-0 in the playoffs (up until Tuesday’s regional final appearance), with wins over No. 9 Hermon and No. 4 Lawrence of Fairfield and faced No. 2 Old Town (13-6) for the regional championship on Tuesday, June 14, at the University of Maine in Orono.

No. 7 Mount Desert Island (9-9) also went 1-1 in the region as the Trojans were ousted in the quarterfinals by the Coyotes.

In Class C North, No. 1 Bucksport (18-1) was 3-0 through three playoff games with wins over No. 16 Sumner of Sullivan (4-13), No. 8 Maine Central Institute Pittsfield and No. 5 Houlton and faced No. 6 Mount View of Thorndike (14-5) for the regional title on Tuesday, June 14 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

No. 14 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (5-13) also finished 1-1 in the regional tournament with an upset over No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln before falling to No. 6 Mount View.

The following is a recap of reported playoff results:

No. 1 Ellsworth 3, No. 4 Lawrence 2

At Ellsworth June 11, the Eagles got the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and soared past the Bulldogs to the regional final. Ellsworth also scored a run in the fourth, while Lawrence tallied runs in the fourth and fifth frames.

The Eagles were paced at the dish by Hunter Curtis (single, run), Brett Bragdon (2 singles, run, stolen base), Peter Keblinski (RBI), David Baugh (single, steal), Craig Burnett (single), Brayden King (run) and Michael Palmer (2 singles, steal, RBI).

For the Bulldogs, Andrew Trombley (2 singles, run, stolen base), Hunter Lee (2 singles) and Cameron Dostie (single, run) paced the offense.

Curtis and Baugh pitched for Ellsworth and allowed four hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts. Logan Carpenter and Ben Ryder pitched for Lawrence and allowed seven hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts.

In the seventh, as Ellsworth trailed 2-1, Curtis drew a one-out walk, followed by a single by Bragdon, which put the tying and winning runners on base.

Keblinsky plated Curtis on a ground out and, after an intentional walk to Burnett loaded the bases, Palmer plated Bragdon with an infield single that advanced the hosts to the regional championship.

No. 1 Bucksport 7, No. 5 Houlton 1

At Bucksport June 11, the Golden Bucks swung to the regional championship game with a win over the Shiretowners. Bucksport scored five runs in the fourth inning and added single scores in the fifth and sixth innings, while Houlton plated its run in the first.

The Golden Bucks were led at the plate by Tyler Hallett (2 hits, run), Gavyn Holyoke (run), Jake Guty (run), Ty Giberson (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Brandon Elden (hit, RBI), Cam Rich (hit, 2 RBIs), Ayden Maguire (RBI), Jason Terrill (2 hits, 2 runs) and Kaleb Nightingale (hit).

For the Shiretowners, Colin Moody (hit), Nolan Hodgkin (2 hits, RBI) and Silas Graham (run) paced the offense.

Giberson went the distance for Bucksport as he allowed three hits and three walks, with 15 strikeouts in the win. Graham and Moody pitched for Houlton and allowed eight hits and eight walks, with nine strikeouts.

No. 1 Ellsworth 3, No. 9 Hermon 0

At Ellsworth June 10, the Eagles plated three runs in the first inning, which is all the hosts needed to bounce the Hawks from the playoffs.

The Eagles were led at the plate by Hunter Curtis (run), Brett Bragdon (double, run, RBI), Peter Keblinsky (single, run, stolen base), David Baugh (single) and Michael Palmer (single, stolen base).

For the Hawks, Johnny Kokoska (single, stolen base) and Parker Foley (single, stolen base) paced the offense.

Craig Burnett pitched for Ellsworth and tossed a two-hit shutout as he walked one and struck out 10. Matt Phillips toed the rubber for Hermon and allowed four hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts.

The first inning was the key frame for the Eagles as Curtis drew a walk and was doubled in by Bragdon. Later in the inning, Burnett plated Bragdon on a ground out and Keblinsky was plated on a single by Palmer.

No. 3 Mount View 12, No. 14 George Stevens Academy 2 (6 inns.)

At Thorndike June 10, the Mustangs galloped past the Eagles and on to the semifinals. Mount View had five-run innings in the third and sixth frames and added a pair in the fourth, while George Stevens Academy also scored a pair in the fourth.

The Mustangs were led at the plate by Draedyn Furrow (4 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Noah Hurd (hit, 2 runs), Hunter Penney (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Declan Knowlton (2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Dakota Harriman (hit), Travis Spaulding (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Cole Ripley (hit, run), Sam Valleau (hit, run, RBI), Bernie Dodge (hit, run) and Hayden Porter (RBI).

Breton Lebel had the lone hit for the Eagles.

Declan Knowlton, Noah Hurd and Draedyn Furrow pitched for Mount View and combined to allow one hit and two walks, with eight strikeouts. Teague Smallidge, Lebel, Haven Smith and Brady Pert pitched for GSA and yielded 13 hits and five walks, with five strikeouts.

No. 2 Old Town 10, No. 7 Mount Desert Island 4

At Old Town June 8, the Coyotes pulled away from the Trojans in the late innings and eliminated MDI from the postseason. Old Town scored two in the first inning, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and four in the sixth, while MDI scored one in the third and three in the fifth.

A.J. Lozano (hit, run), Quentin Pileggi (2 hits, run, RBI), Joey Wellman-Clouse (RBI), Jay Haney (hit) and Jacob Shields (2 runs) led the Trojan offense, while the Coyotes were keyed by Gabriel Gifford (hit, 2 runs), Preston Vose (hit, run, RBI), Noah Thibodeau (2 hits, 3 runs, RBI), Brendan Mahaney (hit, run, RBI), Connor McCannell (2 hits, run, RBI), Jackson Lizotte (2 hits, 3 RBIs, run), Alex McCannell (hit, run) and Peyton Vose (hit, RBI).

Lozano and Haney pitched for MDI as the duo allowed 11 hits and one walk, with one strikeout. Gifford and Aidan Rand allowed four hits and five walks, with 14 strikeouts on the bump for Old Town.

No. 1 Bucksport 6, No. 8 Maine Central Institute 1

At Bucksport June 10, the Golden Bucks continued to roll through the region, this time with a win over the Huskies. Bucksport scored three times in the second stanza and one in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, while MCI scored in the fifth.

The Golden Bucks were led on offense by Tyler Hallett (run), Gavyn Holyoke (hit, RBI), Jake Guty (2 hits, run), Ty Giberson (2 hits, run, RBI), Brandon Elden (hit), Cam Rich (hit), Ayden Maguire (run), Jason Terrill (hit) and Kaleb Nightingale (2 runs).

Dillon Whitney scored the lone run for the Huskies.

Guty and Rich pitched for Bucksport and combined on a no-hitter. The duo walked three and struck out 11 in the victory. Connor Marquis and Logon Cote combined to allow eight hits and four walks, with six strikeouts for MCI.

No. 14 George Stevens Academy 3, No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy 0

At Lincoln June 6, the Eagles pulled a stunning first-round upset and ousted the higher-seeded Lynx. George Stevens Academy took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning and added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.

The Eagles were led on offense by Sol Lorio (single, run), Brady Pert (2 singles, RBI), Breton Lebel (single), Will McArthur (hit), Kyle Gray (run) and Aubrey King (run).

For the Lynx, Jackson Sutherland (single, 2 stolen bases) and Cole Albert (single) paced the offense.

Lorio pitched for GSA and tossed a three-hit shutout as he yielded two walks and struck out seven. Albert and Isaac Hainer pitched for MA and allowed five hits and three walks, with six strikeouts.

Pert plated Gray on an RBI-single in the fourth, while King came in on a bases-loaded walk to Walden and Lorio scampered home on a wild pitch in the seventh for GSA.

No. 7 Mount Desert Island 14, No. 10 Caribou 9

At Bar Harbor June 6, the Trojans overcame six errors in the field and slugged their way past the Vikings. MDI scored five runs in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third, two in the fifth and two in the sixth, while Caribou scored three in the first and two in the second, third and sixth innings.

The Trojans were keyed at the dish by A.J. Lozano (2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Quentin Pileggi (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Joey Wellman-Clouse (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Aiden Grant (2 hits, run, RBI), Brendan Graves (hit, run, RBI), Jay Haney (2 hits, 2 runs), Nick Jacobs (hit, run), Logan Blanchette (run) and Jacob Shields (hit, 3 runs).

For the Vikings, Brayden Brescia (hit, 3 runs), Alex Levesque (hit, run), Matthew Pelletier (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Griffin McNeal (hit, run), Jesse Taggett (hit, run) and Reece Cavagnaro (hit, 2 runs) paced the offense.

Pileggi went 5 1/3 innings on the mound and Haney the rest of the way as the teammates allowed seven hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts for MDI. McNeal and Brescia pitched for Caribou and allowed 12 hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.

The Vikings committed two fielding errors.

No. 1 Bucksport 11, No. 16 Sumner 0 (5 inns.)

At Bucksport June 7, the Golden Bucks benefited from a seven-run fourth inning and used that momentum to bounce the Tigers from the postseason. Bucksport also scored twice in the first and second innings.

Gavyn Holyoke went three innings on the hill and Cam Rich two innings as the duo combined to toss a perfect game in the victory for the Bucksport. The teammates yielded no walks and struck out nine.

Keith Burgess went the distance for Sumner and scattered nine hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.

Ty Giberson (2 hits, run, RBI), Tyler Hallett (2 runs), Holyoke (2 hits, 3 runs, RBI), Jake Guty (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Brandon Elden (hit, run), Rich (hit, RBI), Jason Terrill (hit, run, RBI) and Kaleb Nightingale (hit, run, RBI) led the offensive surge for the Golden Bucks.


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