BLUE HILL — Nick Bagley struck out 12 batters in the first five innings on Monday and still found his Ellsworth team trailing 1-0 going into the top of the sixth.
But after Cooper Henderson led off with a single, Bagley took control with his bat, lining a home run that cleared the right field fence almost in the wink of an eye.
Those two runs kept the Ellsworth All-stars unbeaten in Little League District 1 competition for ages 11 and 12, and gave the right to play for a state championship in Portland beginning July 23.
It was the second time in as many meetings that Ellsworth came from behind to down the tough Coastal All-stars from the Blue Hill area.
In their first meeting on July 6, Ellsworth overcame a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the late going to down Coastal 4-2.
As was the case in that first contest, Coastal righthander Garrison Looke pitched five scoreless innings in Monday’s game, giving up just three hits.
Until the fourth inning, Bagley had been more than his equal, striking out the first nine batters he faced.
But in the bottom of the fourth, Taylor Schildroth led off with a single for Coastal, went to second and third on passed balls, and scored on a single by Looke.
Bagley recovered to strike out the side in the fifth before his game-winning home run in the sixth.
Ellsworth had a chance for more in that inning.
Hunter Cote followed Bagley with a double and went to third as Troy Folmer beat out a bunt.
But Cote fell as he rounded third, and the throw to Schildroth, who covered third, was in time to nail Cote as he tried to get back to the base.
In Coastal’s last at-bat in the top of the sixth, Schildroth reached base when Bagley fielded his infield grounder but missed his attempt to tag Schildroth as he raced down the first base line.
But Bagley threw a called third strike past Looke for his 13th strikeout before reaching his maximum pitch count.
That brought Cote to the mound in relief, and he struck out the final two Coastal batters to preserve the win for Ellsworth.
Bagley also had a double for Ellsworth and Folmer and Jack Lee each singled.
Schildroth’s two singles and the single by Looke were the only hits for Coastal.