ELLSWORTH, Maine — Sophomore right-hander Megan Hunt tossed a six-hitter and her Ellsworth High School teammates backed her with an 11-hit attack as the No. 7 Eagles earned an Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal round date with No. 2 Hermon thanks to an 11-2 triumph over 10th-seed Camden Hills in a Tuesday softball prelim.
Ellsworth improved to 12-5 with its seventh win in its last eight games. Camden Hills finished up at 7-10.
Ellsworth will play 15-1 Hermon, the second seed, at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Hunt struck out six, walked two and hit a batter. Both runs off her were unearned. She threw 94 pitches, including 58 strikes, on a day that featured intermittent showers.
“Overall, I was happy with the way I pitched,” said Hunt, who is now 10-3. “I tried to keep it straight and low. But I can pitch better.”
“She had good placement [with her pitches],” said Camden Hills senior second baseman Shantel Gibson, who had a pair of singles in four at-bats. “She saw our weaknesses and exploited them. If we had a tough time with the inside pitch, she would jam us. If we had trouble with the outside pitch, she did a good job placing it there.”
Her teammates backed her with a solid defensive effort as they made just one error and turned in a number of quality plays.
The Eagles staked Hunt to a comfortable 9-0 lead with a pair of first-inning runs, four in the second and three more in the third before Camden Hills scored its two runs in the fourth.
All but two of Ellsworth’s starters had at least one hit.
“We can hit the ball, one-through-nine,” said Ellsworth coach Rick Roberts, who received five hits from the bottom third of the order from Sam McGuire, Phyllicia Jordan and Marissa Boynton.
“They didn’t have a weak batter in the lineup,” agreed Camden Hills senior right-hander Mallory Farley, who went the distance for the Windjammers.
Heather Holt triggered the first-inning rally with a long one-out double to left center and she went to third on a passed ball.
Ashlee Leighton-Bragg drew a walk and proceeded to run to second. On the throw from pitcher Farley to Gibson, Holt raced to the plate and beat the throw, with Leighton-Bragg continuing on to second.
Leighton-Bragg went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Emily Berry’s sharp infield single off third baseman Robin Botley’s glove.
Ellsworth made it 6-0 in the second on singles by McGuire and Jordan, a walk, a run-producing wild pitch, an infield throwing error that allowed two to score and a throwing error on a rundown between third and home.
In the third, a hit batsman, two wild pitches, McGuire’s run-scoring bunt single, Boynton’s RBI triple to left and Annika Firestone’s run-scoring double expanded the lead.
Camden Hills scored its runs on Gibson’s single, a three-base throwing error and Sarah Steele’s RBI triple.
Berry’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly and Leighton-Bragg’s fifth-inning base hit delivered the final two Ellsworth runs.
Leighton-Bragg doubled and singled and Jordan and McGuire had two singles each for Ellsworth.
Abby White and Gibson had two singles each for Camden Hills.