Ellsworth baseball and softball teams advance to quarterfinals

first_imgELLSWORTH — Baseball and softball playoffs are here, though it certainly didn’t feel like June on Tuesday night.In a cold and rainy Class B preliminary game, the No. 8-seeded Ellsworth baseball team got the job done at home against No. 9 Erskine Academy.The Eagles scored three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-2 win.Ellsworth’s Conor Maguire kicked off the scoring after drawing a walk, then stealing second. Avery Anderson advanced Maguire to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Nicholas Bagley singled to bring him home.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGriffin Nightingale and Chris Barnes each followed with RBI doubles as the Eagles ended the inning up 3-0.Ellsworth scored another run in the bottom of the second. Maguire singled, then advanced all the way home on Erskine errors.Erskine scored two runs in the top of the third to cut its deficit to two.Ellsworth scored its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded from three walks, Alex Braley and Bradley Smith singled to drive in Nightingale and Zack McGraw.Maguire pitched a complete game, notching six strikeouts and allowing four hits, three walks and two earned runs.Erskine pitcher Ryan Rodrigue allowed six runs in four innings. He walked five and struck out four.Also braving the elements were spectators clad in green Old Town gear, scouting out their next opponent.The Eagle boys, now 10-7, will face the No. 1 Old Town Coyotes in the quarterfinals on Thursday at Old Town. Though the Coyotes remain undefeated this season, Ellsworth only lost to them 1-0 in an earlier matchup.Ellsworth’s Chris Barnes hits an RBI double in the first inning of Tuesday’s home Class B preliminary game against Erskine Academy, giving Ellsworth a 3-0 lead. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSEllsworth’s Maguire and Bagley were also selected for the Class B Penobscot Valley Conference All Star first team this week.The No. 10-seeded Ellsworth softball team upset No. 7 Erskine in a prelim game at Erskine.The Eagle girls used a 20-hit attack to earn the 9-2 win.For Ellsworth, Mariah Brown pitched five scoreless innings. Abby Lynch collected a triple, a double and two singles. Caitlin Bean singled three times with three RBIs. Leah Stevens contributed three singles and scored twice. Shelby Cote added a double and a single.Avery Bond led Erskine with a double and two singles.The Eagle girls will play at No. 2 Old Town on Thursday in the quarterfinals.The No. 13 Mount Desert Island softball team ended its season 6-10 after losing 7-6 at No. 4 Oceanside in Monday’s prelim.In Class C action, the Bucksport and George Stevens Academy baseball teams as well as the Bucksport softball team had byes in the prelims. They will all host opponents in Thursday’s quarterfinals.The No. 8 Sumner softball team beat No. 9 GSA 17-5 at home on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.For Sumner (10-7), Sally Lockhart pitched a four-hitter with three strikeouts, and Savana Turner and Brittney Dyer each rapped a double and two singles.For GSA (5-12), Katrina Limeburner hit a double and single.Sumner will play at No. 1 Mattanawcook in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Bio Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016last_img read more