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Local softball teams continue to roll



ELLSWORTH — There has been no shortage of top-notch, spirited play on the high school softball diamonds for Hancock County teams, as a bevy of area squads continued to perform at a lofty level and remain in strong position in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point standings.

As of Monday, May 16, Bucksport and Ellsworth sat atop their regions as the Golden Bucks were 10-1 in Class C North and Eagles 8-2 in Class B North. Sumner, after it dropped its first game of the spring, was 8-1 and rode an eight-game win streak, while Mount Desert Island sat at 7-2 and George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 2-7.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Sumner 14, Jonesport-Beals 9

At Jonesport May 16, the Tigers battled control problems against the Royals, but righted the ship and prowled to their eighth straight victory. Sumner scored one run in the first inning, five in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh, while Jonesport-Beals plated four in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Rachel Colby pitched for Sumner and allowed five hits and 10 walks, while she hit three batters, and had 13 strikeouts. Emma Peabody pitched for Jonesport-Beals and scattered 16 hits and 10 walks, with three strikeouts.

The Tigers were led at the dish by Rachel Colby (home run, 3 singles, 3 runs, stolen base), Bri Flaherty (single, 3 runs, RBI), Clara Christiansen (2 singles), Jenna Colby (3 singles), Caroline Tracey (single), Brooke Newenham (3 singles, 2 runs), Alana Welch (double, 2 runs), Rhiannon Sargent (2 singles, 3 runs) and Taya Worcester (single, run).

For the Royals, Emily Lunn (single), Leah Beal (run), Mary McDonald (single, 2 runs), Kallie Rackliff (run), Zoey Alley (2 singles, 2 runs), Melody Gray (2 runs) and Makayla Merchant (single) paced the offense.

Washington Academy 9, George Stevens Academy 8

At East Machias May 16, the Raiders held off a late rally by the Eagles and prevailed by one run. GSA scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, one in the fourth and two in the seventh, while Washington Academy plated four in the first, two in the second and three in the fourth.

The Eagles were led on offense by Layla Pickering (double, single, 2 runs), Jasmine Emerton (double, 2 runs), Alyssa Ladd (double, single, 2 runs), Regan Libby (single), Mya Schlidroth (2 singles), Maddie Damon (2 singles, run, stolen base), Alexon Astbury (run) and Lael Clapp (single).

For the Raiders, Sadie Story (2 runs), Avery Cates (3 runs), Cailey Hicks (2 singles, 2 runs), Virginia Austin (run), Sofia St. Pierre (single), Izzy Pullias (single) and Reese Crosman (double, run) paced the offense.

Becca Scribner and Cates pitched for WA and allowed 11 hits and five walks, with four strikeouts. Ladd pitched for GSA and allowed five hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts.

Ellsworth 4, John Bapst 3

At Bangor May 16, the Eagles did just enough to soar past the host Crusaders. Ellsworth scored three runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth, while John Bapst tallied two in the second and one in the fourth.

Ellsworth was keyed at the plate by Aaliyah Manning (2 singles, run, stolen base), Sophia Lynch (single, run, RBI), Jayden Sullivan (double, RBI), Tyler Hellum (2 singles, 2 steals), Alicia Harvey (triple), Alex Bivins (single, steal), Reece Hellum (single), Hannah Wagstaff (run) and Anna Stevens (run, steal).

For John Bapst, Ariana Cross (single), Lily Stelline (2 runs, 3 stolen bases), Lila Weirich (single, run, 4 steals) and Sarah Michaud (RBI) paced the offense.

Cross pitched for the Crusaders and allowed nine hits and five walks, with three strikeouts. Tyler Hellum pitched for the Eagles and allowed two hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.

Bucksport 6, Central 3

At Bucksport May 16, the Golden Bucks pulled themselves out of a 3-1 hole with a five-run sixth inning and swung to their 10th win in 11 games. Bucksport also plated a run in the second, while all three of Central’s runs came in the sixth.

The Golden Bucks were led at the plate by Ella Hosford (3 singles), Emma Freeman (2 runs, 2 singles), Kaitlynn Flannery (double, 2 RBIs) and Brooke Elden (double, 2 RBIs).

For the Red Devils, Grace Campbell (2 singles), Alexis Curtis (double) and Brittany Grant (double) paced the offense.

Hosford pitched for Bucksport and allowed seven hits and one walk, with nine strikeouts. Bayley Casavant pitched for Central and allowed nine hits and no walks, with four strikeouts.

The Golden Bucks committed seven errors and the Red Devils four.

Bucksport trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning before the hosts went on the offensive — powered by back-to-back, two-run doubles by Flannery and Elden — to give the Golden Bucks the lead and help them pull away.

Mount Desert Island 10, George Stevens Academy 0

At Bar Harbor May 14, the Trojans emerged with a shutout win over the Eagles.

MDI was paced at the dish by Lily James (triple, RBI), Bailey Goodell (3 singles, double, RBI), Addy Boyce (2 singles, 2 RBIs), Grace Horner (single), Olivia Gray (2 singles, RBI), Mollie Gray (2 singles, double, RBI), Leah Carroll (double, RBI), Lexi Tozier (single) and Gracie Parker (2 singles, 2 RBIs).

Goodell pitched for the Trojans and allowed three hits and three walks, with 11 strikeouts.

Mount Desert Island 12, John Bapst 4

At Bar Harbor May 13, the Trojans went on the offensive and blasted past the visiting Crusaders.

MDI’s offense was keyed by Lily James (single, RBI), Bailey Goodell (triple), Addy Boyce (3 singles), Grace Horner (double, single, 2 RBIs), Olivia Gray (single, RBI), Mollie Gray (2 doubles, single, 2 RBIs), Leah Carroll (double, RBI), Soren Hopkins-Goff (single) and Lexi Tozier (single).

Boyce pitched for the Trojans and allowed four hits and one walk, with 10 strikeouts.

Bucksport 7, Mount Desert Island 5

At Bucksport May 11, the hosts earned a pair of crucial insurance runs in the sixth inning and bested the Trojans. Bucksport scored two in the third, three in the fifth and two in the sixth, while MDI plated one in the first and four in the fifth.

The Golden Bucks were keyed on offense by Sam Cyr (3 singles, 2 RBIs), Faith Vincent (2 singles) and Jetta Shook (triple, single), while the Trojans were paced at the plate by Bailey Goodell (2 singles, stolen base), Grace Horner (2 singles, RBI), Mollie Gray (double), Leah Carroll (double, single, RBI), Sadie Sullivan (single), and Lexi Tozier (single).

Ella Hosford pitched for Bucksport and allowed nine hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts. Addy Boyce pitched for MDI and allowed 10 hits and one walk, with six strikeouts.

Ellsworth 7, Brewer 5

At Ellsworth May 12, the Eagles returned the favor from the previous night’s defeat with a two-run win over the Witches. Ellsworth scored one run in the first inning, four in the third and two in the fourth, while Brewer plated one in the third, one in the sixth and three in the seventh.

The Eagles were keyed at the plate by Sophia Lynch (single, run, 3 stolen bases), Morgan Duhaime (run, steal), Jayden Sullivan (2 singles, 2 runs, steal), Tyler Hellum (run), Alicia Harvey (double, single, 2 runs, steal), Hannah Wagstaff (single) and Reece Hellum (single, steal).

For the Witches, Jordan Doak (single), Jordin Williams (single, run, 3 stolen bases), Laura Stewart (single), Hannah Snowdeal (run, 2 steals), C.J. Atherton (2 runs, 4 steals) and Asianna West (single, run, RBI) paced the offense.

Doak pitched for Brewer and allowed seven hits and five walks, with three strikeouts. Tyler Hellum pitched for Ellsworth and allowed four hits and six walks, with eight strikeouts.

Brewer 8, Ellsworth 7 (8 inns.)

At Brewer May 11, the Witches walked off with a thrilling, extra-inning win over the Eagles. Brewer scored five in the first and single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings, while Ellsworth plated three in the second and two in the fourth and fifth frames.

Aaliyah Manning (double), Jayden Sullivan (2 singles), Tyler Hellum (single, stolen base), Alicia Harvey (2 singles, run), Alex Bivins (single, 2 runs), Abby Ridel (single, 2 runs) and Anna Stevens (2 singles, 2 runs, steal) led Ellsworth’s offense.

Brewer was led by Jordan Doak (3 runs, 2 stolen bases), Jordin Williams (triple, run, stolen base), Josie Pece (single, run), Jaiden Williams (single, 2 runs), Morgan Downs (2 singles, run, steal), Asianna West (single) and C.J. Atherton (single).

Tyler Hellum pitched for the Eagles and allowed seven hits and 11 walks, with 14 strikeouts. Downs pitched for the Witches and allowed 10 hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts.

Sumner 10, Washington Academy 9 (8 inns.)

At Sullivan May 11, the Tigers needed an extra inning, but were able to fend off the pesky Raiders and walk off with the win. Sumner scored five runs in the first frame, one in the third, three in the fourth and one in the eighth, while WA scored three in the fourth, five in the sixth and one in the seventh.

The Tigers were led at the plate by Rachel Colby (2 singles, double, run), Bri Flaherty (single, run), Clara Christiansen (2 singles, run), Jenna Colby (2 singles, run, RBI), Caroline Tracey (3 singles, double, 2 runs), Brooke Newenham (3 singles, run), Elsie Carter (2 singles, 2 runs), Alana Welch (2 singles, run) and Taya Worcester (single, RBI).

For the Raiders, Sadie Story (single, run), Izzy Pullias (single, 2 runs), Jadalyn Graham (2 runs), Sofia St. Pierre (2 singles, 2 runs), Cailey Hicks (double, single, run) and Savannah Crowley (double, run) paced the offense.

Rachel Colby pitched for Sumner and allowed seven hits and five walks, with 19 strikeouts, including striking out the first nine batters she faced. Scribner pitched for Washington Academy and scattered 20 hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.

The Tigers led 5-0 early before errors allowed the Raiders to claw back into the game and eventually knot the score in the top of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Rachel Colby reached on a single ahead of Tracey, who rapped the game-winning, run-producing double for Sumner.

Bucksport 16, Washington Academy 0 (5 inns.)

At Bucksport May 13, the Golden Bucks galloped past the Raiders and emerged with a lopsided victory. Bucksport scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second, nine in the third and three in the fourth.

Brook Elden (2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Sam Cyr (2 singles, double, RBI, 3 runs), Jetta Shook (3 singles, RBI, 3 runs) and Lily Chiavelli (2 singles, double, 2 RBIs, run) led the Bucksport offense, while Washington Academy was paced by Avery Cates (single) and Cailey Hicks (single).

Ella Hosford pitched for the Golden Bucks and allowed two hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts. Becca Scribner pitched for the Raiders and scattered 19 hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.

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