ELLSWORTH — In Thursday’s quarterfinal round, the Eagles took care of business.
Ellsworth scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning and went on to defeat visiting Rockland 12-2 in five innings.
The Eagles scored in every inning, with the last run coming when shortstop Brad Folmer scored his third run on a sacrifice fly by Adam Kaspala. The umpires then enforced the mercy rule.
Kaspala, who had three RBI, hit a two-run triple to left in the second inning that gave Ellsworth a 6-2 lead. That triple prompted Rockland coach Brian Plourde to replace starting pitcher Dylan Meklin. A fielding error by the first baseman two batters earlier prevented the number 10 Tigers (10-8) from recording the potential third out.
That [error] opened the floodgates,” winning pitcher Pat Kelley said. “I just knew the lineup would score runs. We did our business.”
Left fielder Ross Saunders walked with one out to start the six-run rally. After second baseman Garrett Kaspala lined a single to center, Folmer singled, plating Saunders.
Kelley allowed two runs and six hits in three innings on the mound. The senior ace struck out one and walked one.
Trailing 1-0, the Tigers took a brief lead against Ellsworth in the top of the second inning when left fielder Nick Beal hit a two-run double to right with two outs.
Ellsworth had 10 hits and made no errors. Rockland had four errors and issued six walks.