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Ellsworth baseball team beats Medomak Valley to return to Northern Maine title game

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — They’re back.Ever since falling to Brewer in last season’s Class B North championship game at Mansfield Stadium, the Ellsworth baseball team has been longing for another chance at a regional title. Now, after one of their best performances of the season, the Eagles will get a shot at redemption on the same field.Ellsworth clinched its second consecutive appearance in the Northern Maine title game with a 6-0 victory Saturday over Medomak Valley at Ellsworth High School. The win came via a masterful pitching effort from senior Matt Burnett and another display of late-inning offense from a team that has found runs when it’s needed them all season long.“We were locked in,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said. “Matt was great, and we played pretty good defense. I don’t know that we really hit as well as we would like to, but we did some things at the right time to get those runs.”Jackson Curtis swings at a pitch during the fifth inning of a high school baseball playoff game against Medomak Valley on June 8 at Ellsworth High School. Curtis ripped a triple down the third-base line later in the at-bat to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter fourth-seeded Medomak Valley (15-4) stranded runners in scoring position in each of the first two innings, Ellsworth hit two singles and took advantage of three wild pitches from Panthers pitcher Isaac McCollett to plate a pair of runs. The top-ranked Eagles would struggle at the plate in the third and fourth, but two more shutout innings from Burnett kept the home team on top 2-0.Burnett then pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fifth, and a Nate Smith walk and Riley Grindle single in the bottom half gave top-seeded Ellsworth runners on first and second with no outs. Fielder’s choices from Tyler Mitchell and Devin Grindle then gave the Eagles (17-1) their third run of the game, and Jackson Curtis followed with an RBI triple down the third-base line.“I’ve been a little cold in the last half of the season, so that felt good,” Jackson Curtis said. “I’ve been working hard to get out of the little slump I was having, and it felt great to contribute.”In the sixth, Ellsworth got back-to-back doubles from Hunter Curtis and Conner Wagstaff to extend the lead to 5-0. Wagstaff stole third base and came home moments later when Smith hit a sacrifice fly to left, and Burnett retired the side in the seventh for the win.Burnett, who finished with 13 strikeouts and no walks allowed, didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way after the Panthers’ two singles in the first. His dominance came against a Medomak Valley team that entered the day averaging more than 10 runs per game over the course of an eight-game winning streak.“I’m speechless,” Burnett said. “We’ve worked our tails off all four years as seniors, and it’s a great feeling. We’re all really excited about how we played.”Members of the Ellsworth baseball team pose for a photo in front of the scoreboard after beating Medomak Valley on June 8 at Ellsworth High School. The No. 1 Eagles (17-1) will take on No. 2 Hermon (17-1) in the Class B North championship game at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAt the plate, the Curtis brothers led Ellsworth with two hits each. Scoring two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings continued a trend of late-game offensive bursts for the Eagles, who finished the regular season with similar breakthroughs against John Bapst, Old Town and Mount Desert Island before doing so in Wednesday’s regional quarterfinal game against Lawrence.“I think that’s just the experience coming through for us,” Jackson Curtis said. “We’ve been here before, so we’re calm in these situations. I think that’s the biggest thing and what sets us apart from some of these teams.”Saturday’s game was the last at Ellsworth High School for Ellsworth seniors Burnett, Devin Grindle, Riley Grindle, Mitchell, Wagstaff and Charlie Hughes. Those seniors went 22-0 on their home field in their final two seasons with the program.“It’s really upsetting [to think this was our last game here], honestly,” Burnett said. “We grew up here and practiced here for middle school, and for high school, we’ve practiced here all four years. To leave it isn’t easy.”Knowing another Northern Maine championship game lies ahead of them, though, will make those emotions a bit easier for the Ellsworth seniors to handle. The Eagles will face No. 2 Hermon (17-1) at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.Ellsworth handed Hermon its only loss of the year when it defeated the Hawks 7-1 on May 23 at Hermon High School. With another win Tuesday, the Eagles can clinch their first regional title in 27 years.“We got a taste of the pie last year, and this year, we’d like to take a bite,” Dan Curtis said. “We’ve been quiet about our team goals, and we’re just going out there and playing baseball. That’s really all it is.”George Stevens Academy’s Garrett Parker pitches during the fifth inning of a high school baseball playoff game against Orono on June 8 in Blue Hill. Orono upset top-ranked GSA 6-5 in extra innings to snap the Eagles’ 13-game winning streak. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA baseball team, Bucksport, DI-S softball teams fall in semisEllsworth will be the only Hancock County team playing for a regional championship as the George Stevens Academy baseball team and Bucksport and Deer Isle-Stonington softball teams fell to season-ending defeats Saturday in the Northern Maine semifinals.In Blue Hill, the No. 1 GSA baseball team got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning before fourth-ranked Orono (10-8) used a hit batter, three singles and a passed ball to pull ahead 3-2 in the second. The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the third on a Ben Parker triple, but the Red Riots responded with two runs in the fourth to retake the lead.GSA (16-2) cut Orono’s lead to 5-4 on a Tanner Ashley single in the fifth and tied the game later in the inning when the Red Riots’ Cam Shorette balked in a run. Yet scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh sent the game to extras, and an RBI double from Orono’s Caleb Ryder in the eighth proved to be the difference as the visitors upset the Eagles 6-5.Elsewhere in Hancock County, the No. 1 Bucksport softball team’s season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to No. 4 Dexter (13-5) in the Class C North semifinals. The defeat marked the first time in nine years the Golden Bucks (14-4) failed to appear in a regional championship game.In Howland, the No. 6 Deer Isle-Stonington softball team’s season ended Saturday morning with a 14-2 loss in Class D North play against second-ranked Penobscot Valley (17-1). The Mariners concluded the season with a 14-5 record. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biolast_img read more

World Championship bronze medalist Ravi Dahiya included in TOPS program; Sakshi Malik dropped

first_imgAdvertisement b7ouNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6cceWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejkrg7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8tl6eWould you ever consider trying this?😱4t0hu2Can your students do this? 🌚clRoller skating! Powered by Firework World Championship bronze medalist Ravi Dahiya has been included in TOPS scheme ( Target Olympic Podium Scheme). However, Sakshi Malik who won bronze medal in the Rio Olympics was not included under this scheme. Sakshi Malik was not performing consistentl and her performance curve was on the lower side in recent days.Advertisement Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Mission Olympic Cell was monitoring the condition of the players. Among those players, the best ones were selected under this scheme. The judgement was completely made on the basis of their recent performances. Ravi Dahiya got selected into this scheme as he won Bronze medal in Nur Sultan which was held in Kazakhstan. With this, he achieved the qualification of Tokyo Olympics in Men’s freestyle 57 Kg wrestling category.Advertisement Meanwhile Sakshi Malik was in the women’s 62 Kg freestyle wrestling category. The star weight lifter Mirabai Chanu will be allowed to hire her own physiotherapist cum masseuse Shivani Bharuka. She will also be allowed to stay with Mirabai Chanu full time during the Tokyo Olympics. Three sports have been given preference in this Target Olympic Podium Scheme. They are Table tennis, badminton and weightlifting respectively. These three federation also have submitted a roadmap for next three Olympics. Advertisement Table Tennis: Amalraj and Sathiyan win bronze in World Tour Platinum Australian Open Advertisementlast_img read more

Cards blow out Yreka, to face Durham in final

first_imgCorning >> The host Corning Cardinals overpowered Yreka in the late game Friday, 63-34, in a game that was out of hand early for the Miners. The win puts the Cardinals into the championship Saturday evening against Durham, which beat Anderson in the other semifinal Friday.“Durham’s tough, they’re talented, they play hard, they’re a lot like us, they play good man-to-man defense and they’re going to get in your face and make it tough to score,” Cardinals coach Kurt Wilkins said. “This year …last_img read more

GREETINGS OBX EARTHLINGS – Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedIf you build it, they will cache. — “1988 Field of Dreams” (GC359Z4) — Geocache of the WeekApril 9, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Östanbyn — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 7, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Klaatu Barada Nikto! — Aliens Among Us (GC1N0B9) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 12, 2014In “Community” TraditionalGC4G2HQby beans&franks Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Get ready for take off! There’s a geocache in the Outer Banks of North Carolina that eclipse the other geocaches on your find list. GREETINGS OBX EARTHLINGS landed on Earth on July of 2014. Prepare yourself for a close encounter with the fourth kind while at ground zero.But it’s ok, these aliens come in peace.The flying saucer is referred to as a Futuro House. Despite being miles off the East Coast of the United States, over 600 geocachers have gravitated towards the shiny spaceship to claim their find and see the it for themselves. Originally, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen created these houses in the 1960’s and 70’s to function as ski cabins, but the intent was lost as they were marketed as hip and trendy homes for the future. Geocachers beans&franks discovered this spacey Futuro Home in a junkyard and refurbished it with a nice new silver paint job (originally green). While it may be rated a D/T 1.5, don’t be afraid to phone home and get help finding the cache. Once the cache is found you’re encouraged to pose either with, or as an alien.This cache sounds like from it’s out of this world (probably because it’s a spaceship), but if you haven’t heard the news yet, you are invited to join the Geocaching Explorers Club, and be among the first geocachers to visit every planet in our solar system. A spaceship isn’t necessary, just hop on our Geocaching® app, fire up your GPS, maybe bring along a few trackables to drop, and you’re ready for blast off!Check out how you can embark on an interstellar journey and earn souvenirs at each planet along the way. Location:North CarolinaN 35° 14.920′ W 075° 36.526′last_img read more

Maxx Mobile launches AX356 GenxDroid7 smartphone for Rs 3,696

first_imgMaxx Mobile has launched a new budget smartphone, the AX356 GenxDroid7, for 3,696.The Maxx AX356 GenxDroid7 comes with a 3.5-inch screen having 320×480 resolutions. It runs on the Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but is upgradable to KitKat.The device has 512 MB of RAM and 12 GB Memory (4 GM ROM, plus an 8GB memory card). It is 3G enabled and powered by Mediatek MT6572M, 1 GHz Dual Core Processor and 1200 mAhBattery.It sports a rear camera with 3.2-megapixel with Flash as well as a 0.3-megapixel front camera. It features WivFi, and Bluetooth v4.0 connectivity options in addition to FM radio, Accelerometer and a Gravity Sensor.The handset is loaded with applications like MAXX World, MAXX life Box, MAXX Care, MAXX New Launch, Getit, Hungama, Office Suite, Opera Mini, OLX, Flipkart, WeChat launcher and Google applications. The Maxx AX356 GenxDroid7 is available at Infibeam and mobile retail shops across the country.last_img read more

No major impact barring some stray incidents of violence in WB

first_imgKolkata: Barring some stray incidents of violence on Tuesday, the two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions protesting against ‘anti-people’ policies of the centre failed to evoke much response in West Bengal. Elaborate security arrangements made by the Trinamool Congres government foiled the striking unions’ bid to stall the normal life in the state. Government offices, IT sector and port activities were normal, while banking sector experienced partial impact with some branches and ATMs closed. Workers in tea gardens also worked like normal days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life However, PSU insurance companies were closed. Several protesters were arrested as sporadic incidents of vandalism were reported from parts of the state on Tuesday during the strike. Stones were pelted at a school bus in Champadali area of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district. The students were later deboarded from the bus, police said. Strike supporters burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and burnt tyres in various parts of the state including Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed In Howrah, Siliguri, Bardhaman, Birbhum, North and South 24 Paraganas, clashes broke out between Trinamool Congress workers and strike supporters as TMC activists tried to stop them from forcibly imposing the strike. Despite these scattered incidents of violence, normal life in and around Kolkata and other parts of the state remained more or less unaffected by the strike call except in a few pockets. Buses and other modes of transport were seen on the roads although the number of passengers were less than in other week days. Train services in the South Eastern railway were affected from 6.30 am due to blockades at different stations and several express and local trains were delayed, SER spokesman Sanjay Ghosh said. In Eastern Railway zone, train movement was obstructed by the strike supporters from 6.00 am, an ER spokesman said. Several trains, including Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express, Rupashi Bangla Express, Howrah-Barbil Janshatabdi Express, Paradip-Santragachi Express, Puri-Howrah Jagannath Express and Thiruvananthapuram-Silchar Express and several MEMU and EMU locals were delayed en route owing to the agitation. Agitators blocked tracks at Bainchi, Mankundu, Mogra stations in Howrah-Bardhaman main line section, at Jadavpur, Dhamuah, Hotor in Sealdah-Diamond Harbour section, at Barasat, Madhyamgram and Ashoknagar in Sealdah-Bongaon section, the spokesman said. Operation of flights by different airlines was normal at NSC Bose International Airport here, officials at the airport said. Tyres were burnt in Central Avenue of Kolkata to stop buses from plying in the roads. The protesters had a scuffle with the police when they tried to stop them from squatting on the roads. A government bus was damaged by strike supporters at Champadali. Protesters also vandalised a bus at Jamuria in Paschim Bardhaman district. Scuffles were witnessed between police and strike supporters in some areas of the state. At Jadavpur area in south Kolkata, senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty along with several other strike supporters were detained by the police. CPI(M) leaders have come out on the streets in support of the strike. The Trinamool Congress government in the state has opposed the strike call. Ten Central trade unions who have called the strike have placed a charter of demands that include minimum wage, universal social security, workers status and including pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatisation of public and government organisations. The state government had announced that its employees would be barred from availing casual leave or half day leave on Tuesday and Wednesday. No leave will also be allowed on the day preceding the two-day strike or following it, a government notification said on Friday. The CITU state president Subhas Mukherjee claimed that the first day of general strike has been successful despite attempts by the Mamata Banerjee government to foil it. “Despite attempts by the TMC government to foil the strike, it has been quite successful on the first day. The role played by TMC is shameful and it has been proved that both the BJP and TMC have a tacit understanding,” he said. Left Front chairman Biman Bose, however, said that the nationwide strike would continue for the second day Wednesday and with a different strategy to make it more successful. The Trinamool Congress, however claimed that the strike has been a complete failure as people have rejected the “shutdown culture”. “The strike has been a complete failure as people have completely rejected the shutdown culture. We are also fighting against BJP but we are not in favour of shutdown or strike as a mode of protest,” TMC secretary general and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the people of the state has “completely rejected” the strike as it has been called by political parties who are just looking for desperate attempts to make their presence felt.last_img read more