BANGOR, Maine — Ellsworth rebounded from two losses and erupted for six first-inning runs to knock off top seed South Portland 10-4 in the Junior League all-star baseball state championship Sunday at Mansfield Stadium.
Ellsworth advances to the Eastern Regional on Wednesday, July 30 in Freehold, New Jersey.
Jared Hamilton earned the win for Ellsworth (2-2) as he scattered eight hits and two earned runs in 6 ⅓ innings.
Austin Baron sparked the Ellsworth offense with three singles and three RBIs. Nick Carter chipped in with three singles and two RBIs. Hamilton helped his cause with three singles and Chris Barnes added two singles.
Zach Johnson notched three singles for South Portland (2-1) and Jackson Martin added two singles and two RBIs.
Ellsworth advanced to the final by beating Bronco of Hampden/Hermon 8-2 earlier Sunday behind a strong pitching effort from Brad Smith, who pitched a complete-game seven-hitter while not walking a batter and striking out three.
Baron paced Ellsworth with three singles and two RBIs while Sam Keefe added two singles and Barnes drove in two runs.
Ryan Hoogterp recorded a double, single and two RBIs for Hampden. Zach Nash added two singles while Tyler Knights and Alex Applebee each notched a double.
On Saturday, South Portland emerged from pool play with two victories.
Bronco beat Ellsworth 17-8 in the first game, South Portland stopped Ellsworth 7-1 in the second game, and South Portland edged Bronco 11-10 in the third game.
In the first game, Bronco rallied with three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good.
Casey Sudbeck paced Bronco with two doubles, two singles and two RBIs. Applebee added a double, single and RBI while Nick Robidoux contributed three singles and two RBIs. Tyler Knights added two singles and two RBIs and Connor Magliozzi had a triple and two RBIs.
Jack Lee notched three singles and an RBI for Ellsworth
In the second game, Peter Sullivan, Jimmy DiBiase, Noah McHugh, and John Sullivan combined to limit Ellsworth to one run on two hits, striking out three.
Jake Poole and DiBiase each recorded a double, single and two RBIs to lead South Portland. John Sullivan added an RBI double.
Will Colson and Sam Horne each singled for Ellsworth.
In the third game, John Sullivan’s two-run double helped ignite a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh for South Portland. Zack Johnson’s groundout to third for the second out scored Sullivan to cap the rally.
Johnson singled twice and drove in a run for South Portland. Noah McHugh added two singles while John Sullivan had a double and two RBIs.
Sudbeck sparked Bronco again with a triple and single. Robidoux and Applebee each added two singles and an RBI
Ellsworth 302 120 0 — 8 7 3
Bronco 223 334 x — 17 18 4
Colson, Zentz (3), Lee (5), Hamilton (6) and Barnes, Baron (6); Applebee, Robidoux (2), Hoogterp (3) and Greener, Magliozzi (4)
Ellsworth 000 010 0 — 1 2 2
So. Portland 330 001 x — 7 8 2
Smith, Lee (1), Zentz (6) and Giffin; P. Sullivan, DiBiase (3), McHugh (5), J. Sullivan (7) and Poole, P. Sullivan (3)
Bronco 011 422 0 — 10 12 6
So. Portland 100 401 5 — 11 9 6
Applebee, Robidoux (4), Sudbeck (7) and Magliozzi, Greener (5), Magliozzi (7); Poole, Johnson (5), Danforth (6), Grady (7) and P. Sullivan
Bronco 002 000 0 — 2 7 1
Ellsworth 122 120 x — 8 9 1
Tweedie, Sudbeck (4) and Magliozzi, Greener (5); Smith and Barnes
Ellsworth 610 201 0 — 10 14 2
So. Portland 001 120 0 — 4 8 2
Hamilton, Carter (7) and Barnes; Danforth, Johnson (2), DiBiase (7) and P. Sullivan
At Biddeford, Saco eliminated Waldo County 12-0 and Auburn Suburban ousted Coastal of Blue Hill 8-5 in elimination-round games of the Little League state tourney for ages 11-12 Sunday.
Saco advances to play Auburn Suburban at 4 p.m. Tuesday in another elimination round game.
In the first game, Saco put on an impressive display of offense by belting four home runs in the first inning, and jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Kobe Gaudette and Ben Ham hit back-to-back solo homers and Ethan Tsomidies hit a two-run blast after Calvin Christoforo’s single scored Grant Dow. Hayden Lehigh’s solo shot ended the scoring.
Grant Dow added a solo homer in the second and Pat Sawyer connected on a two-run blast in the third after a Ryan Penney single.
Kobe Gaudette, Ben Ham, and Grant Dow combined to shut out Waldo Cty, allowing just two hits from Colby Snow and Charlie Speigel.
In the second game, Coastal took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on singles by Caden Mattson,
Memphis Parker, and Parker Allen, but Auburn Suburban came back with two runs in
the bottom of the first. Ricky Cote singled and moved to third on a double
by Ben Cassidy. Both runners scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error.
Auburn added to the lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Marius Morneau, the 19th in six games for the six teams.
Auburn made it 5-1 in the third as Bobby Tremaine reached on an error and scored on a triple by Morneau. Morneau later scored on a single by Drew Bennett.
Coastal tied it at 5 with four runs in the top of the fourth on three walks, a single by Owen Vinall, and some aggressive base running.
Auburn answered with two runs in its fourth when Jake Jackson singled, and scored on an Austin Brown double. Brown later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Cassidy.
Caden Mattson singled twice for Coastal.
Saco 612 3 — 12 13 0
Waldo 000 0 — 0 2 0
Gaudette, Ham (2), Dow (4) and Christoforo; Boulay, Abbott (1), Kelley (3), Spiegel (4) and Vellieux, Runci
Coastal 100 400 — 5 6 3
Auburn 212 21x — 8 9 0
Allen, Snow (2), Mattson (5) and Mattson, Parker (5); Stubbs, Cote (3), Paradis (4), Brown (5) and Paradis, Brown (4), Paradis (5)
At Biddeford, Bronco Little League scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 19-1 victory over Coastal of Blue Hill in the Little League all-star baseball state tourney for ages 11-12 Saturday.
In the morning game, Falmouth beat Saco 13-9.
Falmouth advances to the winners final on Monday at 2 p.m. against Bronco LL.
Ethan Quimby’s three-run single highlighted Bronco of Hampden’s eight-run inning. Jackson Thayer, Jay Hatch and Jacob Peckham also chipped in with RBI singles.
Kergan Perkins sparked Bronco with a single and double. Hatch, Sam Economy, Peckham, Robert Buzzini and Ryan Sears each added two singles. Sears drove in two runs in the second inning.
Perkins, Quimby and Buzzini combined to hold Coastal to one hit in four innings.
Toby Snow singled for Coastal.
In the early game, Falmouth took a 3-0 lead in the second on a solo homer by Josh Lefevre and a two-run
homer by Michael Simonds.
Saco tied it in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer by Will Mitchell and a sacrifice fly by Ben Ham. Falmouth took a 5-3 lead in top of third on a two-run homer by Sam Manganello after a single by Francis Kiely.
Saco tied it again in bottom of third when Grant Dow reached on an error followed by singles from Cam Schaffer and Stephen Emerson.
Falmouth scored six runs in the fourth to blow the game open with five hits and three Saco errors .The big hits were home runs by Alex Smith and Michael Simond’s second HR of the game.
Saco fought to the end, scoring three in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Kobe Gaudette, Calvin Christoforo, Pat Sawyer, and Luke Ham, sandwiched around two Falmouth errors.
Coastal 010 0 — 1 1 4
Bronco 847 x — 19 14 2
Parker, Mattson (3), Allen (3); Perkins, Quimby (3), Buzzini (4)
Falmouth 032 602 — 13 14 3
Saco 032 103 — 9 11 3
Lefevre, Simonds (3) and Kiely; Penney, Sawyer (3), Ham (4) and Christoforo
At Auburn, Hunter Curtis faced only 16 batters and recorded a no-hitter in the four-inning 10-0 win for Ellsworth over Auburn Suburban in the state Little League tourney for ages 9-10 Friday.
On Saturday, Ellsworth beat Oceanside 20-7 and Scarborough topped Kennebunk 13-2. In Sunday’s action, Scarborough shut out Ellsworth 14-0, Auburn Suburban beat Kennebunk 9-5 and Hermon downed Oceanside 21-2.
On Friday, Landon St. Peter sparked the Ellsworth offense with three hits and three runs and chipped in defensively at first base where he snagged two line drives.
Nathan Smith doubled, stole third and scored on Michael Palmer’s single in the first inning. Also recording hits for Ellsworth were Reece Jagels, Chase Crossman and Brody Mercier. Curtis’ RBI single in the third gave Ellsworth its 10th run.
On Saturday, Curtis drove in four runs with three hits and St. Peter added three hits and two RBIs to spark Ellsworth.
David Baugh, Crossman, Jagels and Palmer each added two hits. Chase Johnson contributed a two-run double. Smith added a single.
At Ellsworth, Logan Stanley didn’t allow a hit and struck out eight to lift Bucksport by Ellsworth in the District 1 championship for ages 10-11.
Bucksport advanced to the state tourney that begins Friday in Windham.
Stanley also sparked Bucksport offensively with a triple, three singles and four RBIs. Colton Trisch chipped in with two doubles, two singles and four RBIs. Cameron Rich added a triple and two singles while Ty Giberson added two singles and a double.