Ellsworth baseball’s Matt Burnett (left) and Jackson Curtis celebrate the team’s 12-0 playoff win over Oceanside on June 9 in Ellsworth. Ellsworth finished 2018 as the runner-up in Class B North with a record of 17-2, the team’s best finish since winning the Eastern Maine championship in 1992. Burnett, Curtis and Conner Wagstaff were selected to the All-Penobscot Valley Conference team, and Burnett was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Ellsworth baseball team has best season since 1992

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth baseball team had an experienced crop of players in 2018, and the result was the Eagles’ best season in a generation.

Ellsworth finished the 2018 season with a record of 17-2 and claimed the Penobscot Valley Conference title as the conference’s top-ranked team. The Eagles made it all the way to the Northern Maine championship game, the team’s strongest finish since 1992.

Ellsworth’s dominance on the mound in 2018 played a major role in the team’s success. Led by juniors Matt Burnett and Conner Wagstaff, who went a combined 13-0 with 125 strikeouts and just 22 earned runs allowed in 82 innings pitched in the regular season, the Eagles shut out opponents in eight of their 19 games and allowed three or fewer runs six additional times.

The Eagles also had an outstanding year at the plate, where they scored an average of 8.6 runs per game. Eight players finished the regular season with 13 or more hits, and the Eagles batted an impressive .330 as a team.

Wagstaff, Burnett and Jackson Curtis were selected to the All-Penobscot Valley Conference first team for Ellsworth. In addition to being named PVC Pitcher of the Year for his strong efforts on the mound, Burnett, who batted .426 on the season, was also named PVC Player of the Year.

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