ELLSWORTH — 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) 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, 2016
New Delhi: Indian cricket team is set to begin a long five-match Test series against England at their home from Wednesday at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.If you go by the pre-series hype and discussion, England vs India must rank as one of the most anticipated Test series of recent times. The action in coloured clothing saw the honours shared evenly, as India won the T20I series and England picked up the ODI series. All that will count for nothing as the temperament, technique, and skill of the players will be put into real ‘test’ starting from August 1, which will be the 1000th Test for England.The series that pits fifth-ranked hosts against the top-ranked visitors, has a lot of undercurrent factors that could alter the course of action. England is currently witnessing an unprecedented heat wave, which means the pitches will more likely be sub-continental than English. Indian captain Virat Kohli could be checking the weather stats, as he gets set to improve his average of 13.4 from the 2014 series.ALSO READ: Google dedicates Doodle to Meena Kumari on her 85th birthdayEngland have responded to the ‘heat wave’ by calling up Adil Rashid from his self-proclaimed Test hibernation to put him on the verge of a sensational recall. What his club Yorkshire or Michael Vaughan think of the recall will become completely irrelevant, if he can replicate his form from the white ball cricket.That said, the hosts have a lot of worries on their plate. Opener Alastair Cook’s form recently has largely been hit-and-miss while his partner Keaton Jennings is more miss-and-miss! Having all-rounders Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Jonny Bairstow is a big cushion for skipper Joe Root, who is busy deciphering ‘How to convert 50s to 100s’.India, under Kohli, have always surprised opponents with their team selections and this time around could be the same. Shikhar Dhawan’s penchant to draw a line between his white-ball form and red-ball form could be a worrying crease on Kohli’s forehead. Cheteswar Pujara remains on the tenterhooks of selection, as KL Rahul continues to push for selection.ALSO READ: Lokmanya Tilak Death Anniversary: Famous quotes by Lokmanya that will motivate youRavichandran Ashwin’s bag-full of wickets on spinning tracks back home hasn’t cut ice in the recent past when it comes to overseas Tests. Add to that the presence of Kuldeep Yadav, who has earned his Test whites after troubling Root and co. with the white ball – another area where Kohli’s selection could be a surprise!Players to watch: James Anderson has 60 wickets at home against India in 12 Tests and has picked up Kohli five times in 2014. A battle royale between these two top performers could spice up the series. Jelly beans anyone?Stat attack: England have lost only once in Edgbaston Tests since 2002 (P13, W9, D3, L1). While, England have won five of their last six Tests at this venue, drawing the other.At the first venue (Edgbaston), India remain winless, losing five and drawing once and the visitors have lost seven of their last nine Tests in England (W1, D1). For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.