Sixth-inning Rally Lifts Ellsworth Over Sumner



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles snapped a 4-4 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as they downed the Sumner Tigers 7-5 on Thursday in their softball season opener.

Maria Lockhart of the Sumner Tigers slides safely in at home plate as catcher Cristin Wright of the Ellsworth Eagles applies the tag.—HUGH BOWDEN
Maria Lockhart of the Sumner Tigers slides safely in at home plate as catcher Cristin Wright of the Ellsworth Eagles applies the tag.—HUGH BOWDEN

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles snapped a 4-4 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as they downed the Sumner Tigers 7-5 on Thursday in their softball season opener.

On a windy day when the temperature hovered just above freezing, righthander Molly Cravens turned in a strong effort in the pitcher’s circle for the Eagles, scattering five hits and striking out eight batters.

The Eagles drew first blood with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Heather Holt singled, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Marissa Boynton, Holt scored on a sacrifice fly by Cristin Wright and Boynton raced home on a wild pitch.

The Tigers jumped in front in the third inning on two walks, an Ellsworth throwing error and a two-run triple by Sarah Leighton.

Ellsworth knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth when Ashley Smith doubled and scored on a single by Heather Tupper.

But the Tigers went back in front in the fifth when Maria Lockhart singled, went to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Keira Eschete.

The Eagles tied it again in the bottom of the inning as Boynton walked, stole second, went to third on an infield out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith.

Ellsworth took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.

Annika Firestone walked, stole second and scored on a bunt single by Sam McGuire.

Holt then bunted and the ball was thrown past third base, allowing McGuire to score and Holt to circle the bases for the third run of the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Lockhart walked and Eschete singled but was thrown out trying to steal second.

Lockhart scored on an infield out, but Cravens retired the final batter on a soft liner to shortstop.

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