February 21, 2018
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Camden Hills Softball 2 at Ellsworth 11

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH —  Sophomore righthander 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.
Hunt struck out six, walked two and hit a batter. Both runs off her were unearned. She threw 94 pitches including 58 strikes.
The Eagles staked her 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.
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 Mallory Farley to second baseman Shantel 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 Sam McGuire and Phyllicia 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, Marissa Boynton’s RBI triple 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 McGuire and Jordan had two singles each for Ellsworth.
Abby White and Gibson had two singles each for Camden Hills.

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