Sumner’s Taylor Smith tracks down a pop fly while trying to hold an opposing runner at first base during a high school softball game against Orono on May 11 in Sullivan. Sumner won the game 7-6 to record its sixth victory of the season and move up to seventh place in the Class C North standings. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

Sumner softball adds big wins; Bucks top Mattanawcook in clash of Class C giants



SULLIVAN — The Class C North softball playoffs are getting closer, and two local teams are getting hot at the right time after adding a pair of wins to their respective résumés over the past week.

In Sullivan, Sumner shut out Machias 14-0 last Wednesday and followed it up with a 7-6 win against Orono on Friday. Lauren Hanna struck out 12 batters for Sumner and added three hits and the winning run on offense to lead the Tigers past the Red Riots (7-3).

Sumner (6-5) lost to Searsport (6-3) by a score of 12-9 on Monday but remained on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015. The top-10 teams in Class C North earn playoff berths, and the Tigers are currently seventh.

Bucksport defeated Searsport 14-1 at home Friday and retained its spot atop the Class C North standings Monday when it topped Mattanawcook Academy (8-2) 2-0 in Lincoln. Senior Kate Saunders was dominant yet again with a whopping 15 strikeouts to lead the Golden Bucks, who beat Mattanawcook for the second time this season.

The Golden Bucks (9-1) are scheduled to face Orono at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. The team is slated to play on the road against Searsport at that time Friday, May 18, before hosting Ellsworth at 4 p.m. May 22.

Sumner baseball team tops defending champs

The Sumner baseball team crushed Machias 18-0 last Wednesday and added a major win Friday when it beat defending Class C champion Orono 5-4.

Sumner trailed 4-0 entering the top of the seventh inning against Orono but mounted a comeback in the bottom half in the bottom half. With the scored tied at 4, Malcolm Perry’s RBI fielder’s choice gave the Tigers a walk-off victory. The team is now 6-5 on the season after a 5-2 loss to Searsport (7-2) on Monday.

Sumner’s baseball and softball teams will face Deer Isle-Stonington at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Deer Isle. They will be in Orono for their respective rematches against the Red Riots at 4:30 p.m. Friday.