BAR HARBOR — Acadian of Mount Desert Island kept its Little League District 1 championship hopes alive on Thursday, downing previously unbeaten Ellsworth 12-3 in baseball action for ages 9 and 10.
The win set the stage for another meeting between the two teams, this time for the district title. The two teams were scheduled to play Tuesday at Ellsworth.
At Bar Harbor on Thursday, it was Ellsworth that grabbed the early lead with two runs in the first inning on a single by Tyler Mitchell, a run-scoring single by Jared Hamilton and an Acadian error.
But Acadian pitchers Hunter Dougherty and Oliver Johnston, who came on in relief in the fifth inning, didn’t allow another Ellsworth hit the rest of the way.
Acadian took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first after loading the bases with one out on a single by Drew Shea and walks to Johnston and Jacob Mitchell.
Shea scored on a wild pitch by Ellsworth starter Tyler Mitchell and Dougherty drove in two more runs with a single.
Acadian made it 4-2 in the bottom of the second when Derek Collin walked, stole second and raced home when the catcher’s throw rolled into the outfield.
Ellsworth picked up a run in the top of the third when Riley Grindle was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored when Johnston, the Acadian shortstop, couldn’t come up with a grounder by Ellsworth’s Brad Smith.
In the fourth for Acadian, Nicholson and Collin walked and both scored on a single by Shea.
Acadian added six more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Three of them came when Tyler Mitchell, who came on to pitch in relief of Smith in the fourth, struggled with his control, walking six batters before he was replaced on the mound by Matt Perconti.
Two more runners scored on an Ellsworth error, and Collin stole home before the Acadians were retired.
Dougherty and Johnston combined for 10 strikeouts for Acadian.