Ellsworth’s Matt Burnett pitches during a high school baseball playoff game against Medomak Valley on June 8 at Ellsworth High School. Burnett was named a finalist for Mr. Maine Baseball after being named Penobscot Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year. FILE PHOTO

EHS senior Burnett named Mr. Maine Baseball finalist

ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth pitcher Matt Burnett was selected last week as one of eight finalists for Mr. Maine Baseball.

Burnett was named a finalist last Tuesday prior to Ellsworth’s Northern Maine title game showdown with Hermon. He joined fellow nominees Trejyn Fletcher of Deering, Will Neleski of Greely, Lucas Francis of Lisbon, Colton Carson of Oxford Hills, Dylan Miner of Sacopee Valley, Charlie Spiegel of Searsport and David Barre of Waterville.

Burnett had previously been chosen as Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year after guiding Ellsworth to the No. 1 overall seed for the second straight season. He finished the regular season with a 6-0 record and 0.68 ERA on the mound and a team-best .447 average at the plate.

In the playoffs, Burnett struck out 23 batters and didn’t allow a single run in 15 2/3 innings of work to lead the Eagles to their first state title in 31 years. The senior allowed just five total hits in complete-game wins against Medomak Valley and Freeport and also closed out the game in Ellsworth’s win over Hermon.

Burnett was scheduled to play in Thursday’s Maine Senior All-Star Game along with teammate Conner Wagstaff, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather. He will pitch in college next season at the University of Southern Maine.

On Thursday, Fletcher, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of this year’s MLB draft, was named Mr. Maine Baseball.

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