ELLSWORTH, Maine — Back-to-back RBI singles by Mickey Manning and Jordan Carter with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning propelled Ellsworth to a 4-3 Class B baseball victory over Mount Desert Island on Saturday afternoon.
The hits by Manning and Carter broke a 2-2 tie, lifting the Eagles to their third victory in four games this season.
Brad Folmer opened the Ellsworth fifth with a walk, the third time in the game the Eagles’ leadoff batter had reached base. Folmer stole second, and was joined on base by Adam Kaspala, who reached on a one-out infield error.
MDI righthander Sammy Stewart got Ellsworth cleanup hitter Andrew Hodge to foul out to catcher Devon Young before Manning hit a 1-2 fastball into left field to drive home Folmer with the go-ahead run.
Carter, who has been battling a batting slump early in the season, followed with his own RBI single to left to give Ellsworth a two-run lead.
That insurance would prove pivotal, as MDI scored once in the top of the sixth as Young drew a leadoff walk and came around thanks in part to two Ellsworth errors.
But Ellsworth senior Pat Kelley came on to relieve Hodge on the mound with runners on second and third and nobody out and retired the next three batters — two via strikeout sandwiched around a force-out at home — to keep the tying run from scoring.
Kelley then earned the save by striking out the side in the seventh around a two-out single by Jasper Cousins.
Carter singled twice to pace Ellsworth’s six-hit offense, while Folmer scored three runs and stole four bases and Hodge drove home two runs with a first-inning sacrifice fly and a two-out double in the third inning.
Young doubled, singled, walked and scored all three runs for 2-3 MDI. Peter Logue added an RBI double in the second inning and an infield hit for the Trojans, while No. 9 batter Gordon Falt singled twice.
Hodge earned the pitching win, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out three batters and walking three in five-plus innings.
Stewart absorbed a tough-luck, complete-game loss, as he struck out three and walked three while yielding just two earned runs.