Mount Desert Island's Olivia Gray, left, applies the tag on Ellsworth's Sophie Lynch, who is ruled out at the plate. The visiting Trojans beat the Eagles 3-2. PHOTO BY MARK HASKELL

MDI softball team nips Ellsworth 3-2

By Mark Haskell

ELLSWORTH — In reference to the softball game between host Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island on Friday afternoon, May 20, which renewed arguably Hancock County’s most significant high school athletic rivalry, first-year Eagle coach Brandi Ensworth summed it up succinctly:

“When two good teams play each other, it can go either way.”

The regular-season game, which had the feel of a winner-take-all playoff encounter, was in doubt throughout as neither opponent led by more than one run and the rivals were aware of the postseason positioning at stake atop competitive Class B North.

In the end, it was a run-scoring groundout by Lily James in the top of the fourth inning that broke a 2-2 tie that, ultimately, proved the difference as the Trojans emerged with a hard-fought 3-2 road win.

Mount Desert Island (8-3) got on the board quickly with a run in the first inning and added two more in the fourth, while Ellsworth (9-3) plated its runs in the third.

All three of Ellsworth’s losses thus far have come by one run, which demonstrates the Eagles’ competitiveness.

“I was proud of how our girls competed,” Ensworth said. “We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities that we had. Unfortunately it didn’t end the way we wanted, but we will get back to work this week and be ready to face them again.”

The Trojan offense was keyed by Bailey Goodell (run, 3 stolen bases), Addy Boyce (single, run), Grace Horner (single, run), Mollie Gray (2 singles, RBI) and Lily James (single, RBI), while the Eagles were paced at the plate by Aaliyah Manning (single, 2 steals), Sophie Lynch (2 doubles, steal, RBI), Jayden Sullivan (single, RBI, steal), Reece Hellum (single), Alicia Harvey (single), Alex Bivins (run, steal) and Anna Stevens (single, run).

Boyce pitched for MDI and allowed seven hits, no walks and one hit batter, to go along with eight strikeouts. Tyler Hellum pitched for Ellsworth and yielded five hits and one walk, with nine strikeouts.

Tyler Hellum’s lone walk issued proved to be MDI’s first run as she issued Goodell a free pass to lead off the game. Goodell stole second and third bases and scored after the throw, in an attempt to pick her off stealing third base, was offline.

Ellsworth responded in the bottom of the third, which began when Bivins was hit by a pitch, followed by an infield single by Stevens.

After a groundout moved the runners into scoring position, Lynch plated Bivins with a double to knot the score, while Sullivan followed suit with an RBI double, though Lynch was cut down at the plate as she attempted to come in with Ellsworth’s third run of the inning.

Undeterred, down 2-1, MDI quickly retook the advantage in the top of the fourth frame after Boyce singled and Horner reached on an error before they were plated on a double by Gray and groundout by James.

The Eagles had runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings, but, ultimately, could not push across the tying run.

After Friday’s game, Ellsworth was ranked second and MDI fourth, while Nokomis of Newport sat atop 15-team Class B North.

The Hancock County rivals will square off on the diamond on the final day of the regular season on Wednesday, June 1, in Bar Harbor.

The regular season is slowly, but surely, coming to a close for all high school softball teams, with some of state’s most inspired and excellent diamond play originating in Hancock County.

As of Monday, May 23, Bucksport remained atop Class C North with a 13-1 record, while Sumner was 10-2 and third in the region and George Stevens Academy 2-10 and 16th in the 16-team standings.

In Class B North, Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island sported 9-3 records, with the Eagles second and Trojans fourth in the 15-team region.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Mount Desert Island 3, Old Town 2 (8 inns.)

At Bar Harbor May 23, the Trojans continued to surge to the postseason with a victory over the Coyotes. MDI scored runs in the first, third and eighth innings, while Old Town plated runs in the fourth and sixth.

The Trojans were led at the dish by Bailey Goodell (single, 2 runs), Addy Boyce (single), Leah Carroll (single, RBI), Mollie Gray (2 singles), Lily James (single, run), Lexi Tozier (double, single) and Taylor Grant (2 singles).

For the Coyotes, Jayda Roy (single), Saige Evans (double, run), Emily Wheeler (double, run), Logan Gardner (2 singles), Kamoi Turner (double) and Danica Brown (single) were keys.

Boyce pitched for MDI and allowed seven hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts. Emma Crews worked the circle for Old Town and allowed 10 hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.

Bucksport 10, Dexter 0 (5 inns.)

At Bucksport May 23, the Golden Bucks got a walk-off winner from Sam Cyr and prevailed by mercy rule over the Tigers. Bucksport scored one run in the second frame, six in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Leading 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth — and teammates Ella Hosford and Kate Flannery in scoring position — Cyr belted a hit to shallow center that plated the runners to secure the win for the Golden Bucks.

Hosford (3 hits, 2 RBIs) and Faith Vincent (2 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) also chipped in on offense for Bucksport, while Dexter had singles from Hannah Deans and Jozlynn Paige.

Hosford tossed a two-hit shutout for the hosts as she yielded no walks and fanned 10 batters, while Deans allowed eight hits, six walks and three hit batters, with one strikeout for Dexter.

Bucksport 10, George Stevens Academy 0

At Blue Hill May 20, Bucksport held the Eagles to one hit on the afternoon and posted a double-digit victory. Bucksport was keyed by a six-run sixth inning and also had two runs in the first and seventh.

Lily Chaivelli (3 singles, 2 RBIs), Kate Flannery (triple, 2 singles, 2 RBIs), Ella Hosford (2 singles), Sam Cyr (single, double, RBI), Allie Pickering (single), Faith Vincent (single), Emma Freeman (single) and Brooke Elden (single) rapped hits for Bucksport, while GSA’s lone hit was a single by Alyssa Ladd in the fourth frame.

Hosford tossed a one-hit shutout from the pitching circle for Bucksport as she yielded two walks and struck out five batters. Ladd pitched for GSA and scattered 14 hits and no walks, with five strikeouts.

Sumner 6, Shead 2

At Eastport May 20, the visitors tripled the hosts in an all-Tiger battle. Sumner plated four runs in the third and two more in the fifth, while Shead scored a pair in the sixth.

Sumner was paced at the plate by Clara Christiansen (single, run), Bri Flaherty (run), Brooke Newenham (2 singles, run), Jenna Colby (double, single, 2 runs), Caroline Tracey (double, 2 singles), Riley (run), Elsie Carter (single) and Taya Worcester (single).

For Shead, Meadow Rohde (single), J. Suddy (single, run), Kali Morris (single, run), Ryleigh Bassett (single) and Katie Bartlett (2 singles) paced the offense.

Tracey pitched for Sumner and allowed six hits and six walks, with 13 strikeouts. Kali Morris pitched for Shead and scattered 10 hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Bucksport 9, Sumner 2

At Sullivan May 18, the Golden Bucks snapped the Tigers’ nine-game win streak and posted a seven-run victory. Bucksport scored one run in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third and four in the sixth, while Sumner plated runs in the fifth and sixth frames.

Bucksport’s offense was paced by Ella Hosford (2 singles, 2 runs), Sam Cyr (single, run), Lila Chiavelli (2 singles, 2 runs), Allie Pickering (3 singles, run), Faith Vincent (double, 3 singles, 2 runs), Emma Freeman (2 singles), Kate Flannery (single), Brooke Elden (2 singles, run) and Naomi Bragg (single).

For Sumner, Rachel Colby (2 singles), Bri Flaherty (single), Jenna Colby (single, run), Caroline Tracey (double), Brooke Newenham (double), Alana Welch (single) and Callie Chase (single, run) led the charge.

Tracey pitched for the Tigers and scattered 18 hits and one walk, with 10 strikeouts. Hosford pitched for the Golden Bucks and allowed eight hits and no walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Searsport 9, George Stevens Academy 2

At Searsport May 18, the Vikings got back on the winning track with a triumph over the Eagles. Searsport scored two runs in the second inning, five in the third and two in the fourth, while GSA plated two in the fourth.

The Viking offense was keyed by Ana Lang (2 doubles, single, stolen base), Jordan Greeley (single, 2 steals), Hunter Kronholm (2 runs), Baileigh Bagley (double, run), Abby Astbury (single, run), Lily Nadeau (single, 3 runs, 3 steals), Kyla Perkins (2 doubles, run, stolen base) and Laura Warman (run, 2 steals).

For the Eagles, Layla Pickering (run), Alyssa Ladd (single, run, stolen base) and Taylor Barnet (single) paced the offense.

Lang pitched for Searsport and allowed two hits and no walks, with 19 strikeouts. Lang struck out the side in three innings, including fanning five batters in the fourth, with two of those five strikeouts coming after dropped third strikes.

Ladd pitched for GSA and allowed eight hits and five walks, with four strikeouts.

Sumner 3, Searsport 1

At Searsport May 17, the Tigers swung to their ninth straight victory, this time over the defending state Class D champions. Sumner scored in the first, sixth and seventh innings, while Searsport plated a run in the sixth.

The Vikings were led at the plate by Jordan Greeley (single, run), Hunter Kronholm (2 singles, stolen base) and Baileigh Bagley (single).

For the Tigers, Rachel Colby (home run, 2 singles), Clara Christiansen (double, run), Jenna Colby (single) and Caroline Tracey (triple, single) paced the offense.

Ana Lang pitched for Searsport and allowed seven hits and no walks, with 16 strikeouts. Tracey pitched for Sumner and allowed four hits and three walks, with 11 strikeouts.

Rachel Colby singled to start the game and later came in on an RBI single by Jenna Colby, while the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the sixth after Christiansen doubled and was singled in by Tracey.

In the sixth, Searsport cut its deficit to 2-1 after Greeley singled and came in on a sacrifice fly by Kronholm, but the Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh when Rachel Colby scored on an inside-the-park home run.

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