Ellsworth opened the 2022 MPA Class B Softball Championships with a dominant 15-0 win over Caribou on Monday. The Eagles were aggressive on the base paths all day, as evidenced here by sophomore Paige Johnson attempting to stretch a double into a triple late in the game. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY ZACH LANNING

Local softball teams look to continue strong play as postseason arrives



ELLSWORTH — The highly successful regular campaign has drawn to a close for Hancock County high school softball squads teams as they swing for continued diamond gems in the postseason.

The county has a bevy of talented teams, many of which are poised to make strong regional tournament runs in the coming days.

In Class B North, Ellsworth (12-4, 124.9218 points) finished second and Mount Desert Island (12-4, 111.3281 points) third, while Nokomis (15-1, 142.8125 points) finished first in the 15-team region.

No. 2 Ellsworth hosted No. 15 Caribou (0-16) in a prelim playoff game on Monday, June 6, and posted a 15-0 win. The Eagles, now 13-4, will advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of the prelim between No. 7 Cony (7-9) and No. 10 John Bapst (8-8).

No. 3 Mount Desert Island hosted No. 14 Foxcroft Academy (4-12) in a prelim playoff game on Tuesday, June 7. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will face No. 6 Hermon (9-8), which beat No. 11 Oceanside (5-12) 4-1 in another prelim game.

In Class C North, Bucksport (15-1, 162.1875 points) finished first, Sumner (13-3, 107.9613 points) third and George Stevens Academy (2-14, 19.6875 points) 16th.

No. 1 Bucksport hosted No. 16 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. 8 Central (8-8) and Calais (5-11).

No. 3 Sumner hosted No. 14 Maine Central Institute (4-12) 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 Houlton/Greater Houlton Christian (9-5) and No. 11 Fort Kent (7-9).

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

Mount Desert Island 3, Ellsworth 2

At Bar Harbor June 1, the Trojans made it a clean sweep of the Eagles on the season as they emerged with a one-run victory. MDI scored in the third, fifth and seventh innings, while Ellsworth plated runs in the first and third frames.

The MDI offense was led by Bailey Goodell (2 singles, run, stolen base), Olivia Gray (double, run), Addy Boyce (4 singles, steal, 2 RBIs), Grace Horner (single, RBI), Mollie Gray (single), Lily James (single, steal) and Lexi Tozier (single, run).

For Ellsworth, Aaliyah Manning (2 singles, steal), Sophia Lynch (2 singles, 2 runs, 4 steals), Tyler Hellum (single, 2 steals, RBI) and Alicia Harvey (single, RBI) paced the offense.

Hellum pitched for the Eagles and allowed 11 hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Boyce pitched for the Trojans and allowed six hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts.

Harvey plated Lynch with an RBI-single to give Ellsworth a 1-0 lead and the visitors expanded their lead to two runs in the third when Lynch singled, stole second base and scampered home later in the frame.

The Eagles were held off the scoreboard the rest of the game as the Trojans cut their deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the third on an RBI-single by Boyce, tied the game in the fifth on another run producing-single by Boyce and walked off with the win in the seventh when Tozier came in on a bases-loaded walk issued to Horner.

Bucksport 4, Searsport 2

At Bucksport May 31, the Golden Bucks doubled up the visiting Vikings. Bucksport scored three runs in the first inning and one in the sixth, while Searsport scored twice in the fifth.

Ana Lang (single), Jordan Greeley (single, stolen base), Baileigh Bagley (single), Abby Astbury (run), Lily Nadeau (run) and Kyla Perkins (single) led the Vikings at the dish, while the Golden Bucks were keyed offensively by Ella Hosford (single, run, steal), Sam Cyr (run, steal), Jetta Shook (run, steal), Allie Pickering (single, run) and Brooke Elden (double).

Hosford pitched for Bucksport and allowed four hits and one walk, with 15 strikeouts. Lang worked the circle for Searsport and allowed three hits and no walks, with 17 strikeouts.

In the first inning, Lang struck out an eye-popping six batters as the first three Bucksport batters — Hosford, Cyr and Shook — reached on dropped third strikes and eventually scored on passed balls.

Searsport drew within one run in the fifth inning when Astbury reached on a walk and Nadeau after being hit by a pitch. They scored on a two-run single by Greeley.

However, the Golden Bucks added a crucial insurance run in the sixth when Pickering singled and eventually came in on an error.

Central 5, George Stevens Academy 4

At Blue Hill May 31, the Red Devils edged the host Eagles. Central scored three runs in the third inning, three in the sixth and one in the seventh, while GSA scored three in the first and one in the fifth.

For the Eagles, Layla Pickering (run, stolen base), Jasmine Emerton (2 singles, run, RBI), Alyssa Ladd (double, run, steal, RBI), Maddie Damon (single) and Alexon Astbury (run, steal) paced the offense.

Ladd pitched for GSA and allowed eight hits and one walk, with eight strikeouts. Casavant pitched for Central and allowed four hits and three walks, with two strikeouts.

Narraguagus 10, Sumner 0 (5 inns.)

At Harrington May 31, the Tigers were held off the scoreboard — and out of the hit column — and were dealt a lopsided loss to end the regular season. Narraguagus scored seven runs in the second inning, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Caroline Tracey pitched for Sumner and allowed nine hits and two walks, with 11 strikeouts. Ceanna Wallace pitched for Narraguagus and twirled a no-hitter in the circle as she walked two and struck out eight.

The Knights were led at the plate by Autumn Peterson (triple, single, 2 runs), Emma Moores (single, run), Paidyn Cashman (single, run), Wallace (2 singles, 2 runs), Trinity Morris (single, run), Laney Oliver (2 runs) and Devae Reynolds (2 singles, run).

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