Ellsworth’s Hannah Sargent hits a ground ball during the fifth inning of a high school softball game against MDI on May 7 in Bar Harbor. The Ellsworth and MDI baseball and softball teams will be among 10 participating in next week’s playoffs. FILE PHOTO

Hancock County sends 10 teams to baseball, softball playoffs



ELLSWORTH — The baseball and softball regular seasons concluded Wednesday, and two local teams will be seeded first in their respective classes when Hancock County’s 10 eligible teams compete in next week’s playoffs.

The 15-1 Ellsworth baseball team will get the top seed in Class B North after stretching its winning streak to 13 games with an 8-3 victory over Mount Desert Island on Tuesday. The Eagles will host the winner of the Tuesday, June 5, contest between No. 8 Nokomis (10-6) and No. 9 Waterville (10-6) next Thursday, June 7.

In Class C North, the Bucksport softball team (15-1) beat out Narraguagus for the top spot in the region. The Golden Bucks will continue their quest to repeat when they face the winner of the 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, prelim between No. 8 Dexter (8-8) and No. 9 Sumner (7-9) next Thursday. Bucksport’s baseball team (9-7) will face No. 4 George Stevens Academy (11-5) at 3 p.m. that day.

The Ellsworth and MDI softball teams earned the final two Class B North playoffs spots to qualify with records of 6-10 and 9-7, respectively. The No. 14 Trojans will be in Rockland to battle No. 3 Oceanside (14-2) at 4 p.m. Monday, and the No. 13 Eagles will face fourth-seeded Hermon (13-3) on the road at that time the following day.

MDI’s third-seeded baseball team (11-5), which came percentage points short of earning Class B North’s second bye to the quarterfinals, will host 14th-ranked Caribou (4-12) in the prelims at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Trojans split a doubleheader with Caribou when the teams faced one another April 28 in Bar Harbor.

Deer Isle-Stonington’s baseball and softball teams used late-season surges to earn the No. 10 seeds in their respective Class D North fields. The baseball team (4-12) will battle No. 7 Greater Houlton Christian (11-3) at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Hodgdon, and the softball team will look to win its sixth game in a row when it faces Stearns (9-7) at that same time and date.