Ellsworth’s Matt Burnett pitches during the second game of a high school baseball doubleheader against Presque Isle on May 5 in Ellsworth. Burnett and teammate Brad Smith pitched a combined no-hitter for the Eagles, who won both games of the doubleheader and moved to 8-1 on the season three days later with a win against John Bapst. CHRIS POPPER/WDEA

Ellsworth baseball team extends winning streak to 6 games



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth baseball team stretched its winning streak to six games to climb to a Class B North-best 8-1 record after completing a doubleheader sweep of Presque Isle on Saturday and posting a 3-1 road win against John Bapst on Tuesday.

Although the Eagles were designated as the road team for both games against Presque Isle, the teams played at Ellsworth High School because Presque Isle’s fields were deemed unfit for use. Ellsworth extended its shutout streak to five games with 6-0 and 12-0 wins over the Wildcats.

In the first game, Ellsworth junior Conner Wagstaff struck out 10 batters and walked just one to improve his record to 3-0 on the season. Jared Hamilton, Jackson Curtis and Devin Grindle had two hits apiece for the Eagles.

Ellsworth put forth an even more impressive performance in the second game as Matt Burnett and Brad Smith held Presque Isle hitless. Senior Austin Baron had three of the Eagles’ 12 hits as Ellsworth breezed to a mercy rule-shortened victory.

Against John Bapst, Ellsworth scored three runs in the third inning as Burnett struck out 11 batters and held the Crusaders to two hits in a 3-1 victory. The win propelled the Eagles (8-1) to fifth place in Class B North behind Brewer, Mount Desert Island, Hermon and Oceanside with seven games left in the regular season.

Ellsworth’s next game will be on the road against Belfast (4-4) at 4 p.m. Friday, May 11. The Eagles will then host Old Town in a battle of Northern Maine title contenders at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday, May 15.

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