ELLSWORTH — The first full week of action for the Ellsworth softball team ended with two very different victories on the diamond.
Ellsworth won both games of a doubleheader against Caribou on Saturday at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles won in blowout fashion in Game 1 and mounted a late rally in Game 2 to secure an improbable victory and a sweep of the visiting Vikings.
Ellsworth began Saturday’s doubleheader with a blowout win in the opening contest. The Eagles reached base a whopping 20 times and got a dominant performance in the circle from pitcher Tyler Hellum in an 11-0 victory.
Kayla Duhaime led the way at the plate for Ellsworth with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. The Eagles also got two hits each from Casey Carter, Alicia Havey and Lexi Rossi, one hit, two RBIs and three runs scored from Morgan Duhaime and one hit and one run scored from Hannah Richardson.
Hellum improved to 2-1 on the year as she struck out 15 batters, allowed just four hits and didn’t issue a single walk. The junior has now fanned 35 batters, walked just four and allowed a single earned run in 21 innings pitched this season.
Ellsworth looked to be on the verge of dropping Game 2 of the doubleheader as Caribou took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. Yet the Eagles rallied with their backs against the wall and walked off 7-6 winners as a single to right field by Annabelle Hackett gave the home team its third consecutive victory.
Havey (three singles) and Hackett (two singles and three RBIs) led the way at the plate for Ellsworth, which also got two hits from Reece Hellum and one apiece from Carter, Kayla Duhaime and Aaliyah Manning. Hannah Wagstaff got her first high school win for the Eagles as she struck out seven batters and allowed just three earned runs in a complete-game effort.
The victory capped off a perfect week on the diamond for Ellsworth, which had previously claimed its first win of the season with a 3-1 home triumph over George Stevens Academy on Tuesday. The Eagles had lost 3-2 to Old Town in last Friday’s season opener.
On Wednesday, members of the Ellsworth team spent the afternoon volunteering at Birdsacre Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary. The Eagles helped rake and clean up pathways around the facility as they met some new avian friends.
“[We had] lots of laughter and smiles while we worked together to help a wonderful place stay beautiful,” Ellsworth head coach Jake Hackett said. “We want to thank [Birdsacre President Grayson Richmond] for letting us help and hang out with some cool birds.”
Ellsworth will play its first road game of the season when it faces Bucksport (3-1) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Bucksport High School. The Eagles will then host John Bapst at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and Hermon at noon Saturday, May 8.
Ellsworth baseball sweeps Vikings
Saturday was also a good day for the Ellsworth baseball team as the Eagles completed their home sweep of Caribou. Ellsworth edged the Vikings 5-3 in Game 1 and prevailed 12-0 in Game 2 to improve to 3-1 on the season.
In Game 1, David Baugh struck out four batters and allowed seven hits in seven innings of work to claim his first varsity win. Brett Bragdon (4 for 4, two doubles, two RBIs) and Peter Keblinsky (3 for 4, two doubles, RBI) led the way at the plate for Ellsworth, which also got hits from Baugh, Craig Burnett, Hunter Curtis and Michael Palmer.
Curtis took the mound for the Eagles in Game 2 and struck out 10 batters while allowing just two hits in the mercy-rule victory. At the plate, Ellsworth got two hits from Bragdon and one each from Burnett, Curtis, Keblinsky, Palmer, Billy Garland, Brady Kenny and Nate Smith.
Ellsworth will be on the road against Bucksport (3-1) at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Eagles will then host John Bapst at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Hermon at noon next Saturday.