ELLSWORTH — Diamond play is close to being wrapped for the regular season for Hancock County high school baseball teams. Five are looking to improve their postseason seedings or, better yet, remain right where they are, namely, atop their regions.
As of Monday, May 30, Ellsworth sat atop Class B North at 14-1, while Mount Desert Island was seventh at 8-7.
In Class C North, Bucksport also was the king of the mountain at 14-1, while George Stevens Academy and Sumner were 14th and 16th, respectively, with 3-12 records in the 16-team region.
The final day of the regular season is Wednesday, June 1, and postseason games begin, for some, on Saturday, June 4.
The Maine Principals’ Association, which governs member high school sports in the state, has announced that this is the final season for the open tournament playoff format, with the return of the standard two-thirds of teams from each sport in each season qualifying for the postseason beginning at the start of the 2022-23 school year.
The following is a recap of reported results:
Mount Desert Island 12, Presque Isle 1 (5 inns.)
At Presque Isle May 30, the Trojans plated at least one run in each inning and bested the Wildcats. MDI plated three in the first, five in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Presque Isle tallied its run in the first.
MDI was paced at the plate by A.J. Lozano (2 hits, 3 runs), Quentin Pileggi (hit, run, RBI), Joey Wellman-Clouse (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Aiden Grant (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Brendan Graves (RBI), Jay Haney (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Cal Hodgdon (run), Noah Keeley (2 hits, run) and Jacob Shields (2 runs).
For the Wildcats, Evan Chapman (2 hits, run) and Jackson Maynard (hit, RBI) keyed the offense.
Keeley went the distance on the hill for the Trojans and allowed three hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Ethan Shaw, Dakota Dube and Jack Boone pitched for the Wildcats and surrendered nine hits and eight walks, with two strikeouts.
Mount Desert Island 9, Presque Isle 6
At Presque Isle May 30, the Trojans held off a late Wildcat rally and prevailed by three runs. MDI plated three in the second, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the seventh, while Presque Isle scored one in the second, three in the fourth and two in the seventh.
The Trojan offense was keyed by A.J. Lozano (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Quentin Pileggi (hit, RBI), Joey Wellman-Clouse (2 hits, RBI), Aiden Grant (hit, run), Brendan Graves (hit, run), Jay Haney (run), Nick Jacobs (2 runs), Logan Blanchette (3 runs), Noah Keeley (hit, RBI).
For the Wildcats, Dakota Dube (hit), Ethan Shaw (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Brady Mahan (2 hits, run), Max Graves (hit, run), Braden Doughty (hit, run, RBI), Jack Boone (hit, run, RBI) and Connor Bell (2 hits, run, RBI) paced the offense.
Lozano and Pileggi pitched for MDI and allowed a combined 10 hits and three walks, with 11 strikeouts. Evan Chapman and Jackson Maynard pitched for Presque Isle and allowed eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.
Ellsworth 22, Foxcroft Academy 0
At Dover-Foxcroft May 28, the Eagles went on the offensive — and then some — in a lopsided win over the Ponies. Ellsworth scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third, eight in the fourth and five in the fifth.
The Eagles were paced at the plate by Hunter Boles (RBI, run), Hunter Curtis (double, 3 runs, 2 stolen bases, RBI), Brett Bragdon (single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Camden Barter (run), Peter Keblinski (RBI), Wyatt Bragdon (single, run), David Baugh (single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Craig Burnett (2 doubles, 3 RBIs, run), Michael Palmer (3 singles, 3 runs, RBI), Dan Howie (single, 3 RBIs, 3 runs), Miles Palmer (3 singles, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Billy Garland (run) and Brian Kenny (run).
Chase Higgins (single) had the lone hit for the Ponies.
Burnett fired a one-hit shutout on the hill for Ellsworth as he yielded no walks and struck out seven in the victory. Gideon Topolski, Donnie Poole and Calvin Landry all pitched for the hosts.
Bucksport 3, Washington Academy 1 (8 inns.)
At East Machias May 27, the Golden Bucks swung to a two-run win over the Raiders. Bucksport plated one in the fourth frame and two in the eighth, while Washington Academy scored one in the third.
Brandon Elden (2 hits, RBI), Gavyn Holyoke (hit, 2 runs), Jake Guty (hit), Ty Giberson (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Ayden Maguire (hit) and Kaleb Nightingale (hit) led the Golden Bucks at the plate, while Tristan Hicks rapped three hits and scored for the Raiders.
Guty went seven innings and Cam Rich one frame as the duo combined to allow three hits and four walks, with 16 strikeouts for Bucksport. Caden Schwinn went the distance for Washington Academy and allowed seven hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts.
Machias 10, Sumner 0 (6 inns.)
At Machias May 27, the Bulldogs plated four first-inning runs and never looked back in a win over the Tigers. Machias also scored two in the third, fourth and sixth innings.
Bo Newenham singled twice and Connor Kelley once to key Sumner at the plate, while Machias was paced at the dish by J.J. Rhodes (2 double, single, 4 RBIs) and Kaden Ferguson (2 doubles, 2 RBIs).
Rhodes tossed a three-hit shutout on the hill for the Bulldogs.
Searsport 16, Sumner 0 (5 inns.)
At Sullivan May 25, the Vikings benefited from a seven-run second inning and used that momentum to surge past the Tigers. Searsport also plated three in the fourth and six in the fifth.
The Vikings were keyed at the dish by Ashton Ellis (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Sam Cahill (2 hits, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Josh Wright (2 hits, 4 RBIs, run), Kael Morrill (run), Chase Brassbridge (2 hits, run, RBI), Robert Walker (run), Andrew Donald (hit, run, RBI), Eli Law (run), Kyle Larrabee (2 hits, run), Tim Smith (hit, run, 3 RBIs), Nate Ashey (hit, run), and Gage Ellis (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run).
Nolan Christiansen had the lone hit for the Tigers.
Ashton Ellis, Cole Ellis and Gage Ellis pitched for Searsport as the trio allowed one hit and three walks, with eight strikeouts. Keith Burgess, Ethan Chase and Cole Faulkingham pitched for Sumner and allowed 15 hits and six walks, with six strikeouts.
Mount Desert Island 10, Hermon 0 (5 inns.)
At Bar Harbor May 25, the Trojans needed only five innings to march past the Hawks by mercy rule. MDI scored one in the first frame, three in the third and six in the fourth.
The Trojans were led at the plate by A.J. Lozano (run), Quentin Pileggi (2 hits, 2 runs), Joey Wellman-Clouse (2 hits, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Aiden Grant (3 hits, 3 RBIs, 2 runs), Jay Haney (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Nick Jacobs (hit, RBI) and Alex Gray (run).
For the Hawks, Brady Theriaul had two hits and Matt Phillips and Daniel England one.
Pileggi pitched for MDI and allowed four hits and no walks, with six strikeouts. England and Anthony Crisafulli worked the bump for Hermon and combined to allow 10 hits and four walks, with one strikeout.