|Ellsworth||Mount Desert Island|
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Senior righthander Kyle Haslam pitched a one-hitter and his Ellsworth teammates scratched out single runs in their final two at-bats as the Eagles edged Mount Desert Island 2-1 in a Penobscot Valley Conference Class B baseball game Saturday afternoon.
Ellsworth is now 4-5, while MDI dips to 4-3.
Coming off a nine-inning complete-game victory over Foxcroft Academy in his last previous start a week ago, Haslam required 96 pitches — 58 for strikes — to outduel MDI freshman Tom Paola.
Haslam struck out eight batters, walked three and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced — nine on ground balls.
Cam Crawford got the only MDI hit, a sharp infield single that deflected off Haslam’s glove toward third base to lead off the bottom of the third inning.
Crawford stole second and reached third base on a wild pitch before scoring as Caleb MacDonald was reaching on an infield error to give MDI a 1-0 lead.
Just one more Trojan reached base against Haslam, who needed to be that good to keep pace with Paola, a righthander making his first varsity pitching start.
Paola kept Ellsworth’s batters off-balance with an effective mix of fastballs, breaking pitches and accuracy, finishing his 6⅓ innings of work with three strikeouts and no walks. He went to a three-ball count just twice during his outing and threw 80 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Ellsworth tied the game with an unearned run against Paola in the top of the sixth after its first two batters had both grounded out to MDI shortstop Nick Shaw.
Riley Dewitt then softly grounded an infield single to short, went to second on a throwing error on the play and scored when Shaw could not handle a knuckling line drive by Brandon Braley.
Braley advanced to second base on the play, but MDI leftfielder Jon Phelps threw him out at the plate for the final out of the inning when he tried to score on a single by Dustin Smelley.
David Barnard opened the Ellsworth seventh with an infield hit before being forced out at second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Cody Del Conte. Conor Maguire, the No. 9 hitter in the Eagles’ lineup, doubled to deep right field to advance Del Conte to third, and Del Beckwith followed with a line single to center over MDI’s drawn-in infield to drive home the go-ahead run.
Smelley had a double and two singles to lead Ellsworth’s nine-hit offense, while Dewitt singled twice.