Ellsworth’s Lexi Rossi swings at a pitch during the fifth inning of a high school softball game against Mount Desert Island on May 13 at Ellsworth High School. The Ellsworth softball team will be one of nine local teams playing in this week’s Northern Maine baseball and softball playoffs. FILE PHOTO

Nine Hancock County teams headed to baseball, softball playoffs

ELLSWORTH — Nine Hancock County teams have qualified for this year’s Northern Maine baseball and softball playoffs, and three of those teams will have No. 1 seeds in their respective fields.

Prior to the Ellsworth baseball team’s 6-4 win Friday over Mount Desert Island, the Eagles defeated Washington Academy 11-0 on Thursday to clinch the top spot in Class B North. The 15-1 Eagles will be at home against the winner of tomorrow’s game between No. 8 Lawrence (7-9) and No. 9 Presque Isle (7-9) on Thursday, June 6.

Elsewhere in Class B North, the 10th-ranked Ellsworth softball (10-6) team will play on the road against No. 7 Gardiner (11-5) at 4 p.m. tomorrow, June 4. Both Mount Desert Island teams will play home games at 4:30 tomorrow with the No. 5 baseball team (8-8) hosting No. 12 John Bapst (7-9) and the No. 8 softball team (9-7) hosting ninth-ranked Erskine Academy (9-7).

In Class C North, the George Stevens Academy baseball and Bucksport softball teams clinched No. 1 seeds. GSA baseball (15-1) will host eighth-ranked Lee Academy (6-10) or ninth-ranked Penquis Valley (5-9) in the quarterfinals, and Bucksport (13-3) will be at home against No. 8 Mattanawcook Academy (7-9) or No. 9 Orono (7-9). Both games will be played Thursday, though times have yet to be determined.

Bucksport also qualified for the Class C North playoffs on the baseball diamond, and the No. 7 Golden Bucks (7-9) will take on 10th-ranked Dexter (6-10) at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The seventh-seeded Sumner softball team (6-10) will be playing at that time tomorrow when it hosts No. 10 Houlton (3-11). The Tigers are in the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Deer Isle-Stonington enters the Class D North softball playoffs with a record of 12-4. The Mariners will host 11th-ranked Jonesport-Beals (3-11) in the prelims at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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