20 Sep

2018 High School Baseball/Softball Preview: Hancock County teams primed for big seasons

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles aren’t the only ones gearing up for baseball and softball season. All across the county, teams are ready to take the field and put the seemingly endless winter behind them.After seven of the 10 teams in the rest of Hancock County made playoff appearances last year, 2018 is shaping to be another exciting year on the diamond. The Ellsworth American takes a look at each squad and its prospects for the upcoming year.Bucksport Golden BucksThe Bucksport baseball team came agonizingly close to one of the state tournament’s biggest upsets last year when it lost 6-5 to eventual state champion Orono in the Class C North quarterfinals. The Golden Bucks return quite a bit of production from that squad in their quest to make it even further this time around.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll but one starter returns for the Golden Bucks this season. With Chase Carmichael leading the way on the mound and Tyson Gray, Tanner Stegner, Jacob Ames and more returning to the lineup, Bucksport has the chance to be even better than it was a year ago.Mike Carrier’s Bucksport softball team claimed the state title for the eighth time in school history in June with a 20-0 season. A big reason for the team’s success was pitcher Kate Saunders, who has dominated opponents and lost just one game over the past two years.Saunders will be back on the mound for her senior year in 2018, and Brittney Dewitt, Darian Jellison, Mikayla Tripp and Maggie Bires will be back as well. A fundamentally strong team at the plate and in the field, Bucksport has the tools to compete for — and win — another state title.“They’re always a well-rounded team, and you have to fight them all the way,” Mount Desert Island head coach Jamey Lewis said. “They do all the little things well.”Mount Desert Island TrojansAndy Pooler’s first season as head coach of the MDI baseball team saw the team get better with each passing game. The Trojans started off slowly but turned their season around down the stretch as they won eight games in a row from May 13-31.Mount Desert Island’s Stanley Grierson dives for a ground ball during a high school baseball exhibition game against Orono on April 11 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans won the game 5-3. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOMDI must replace 2017 ace Seth Clark on the mound and leading hitter Drew Shea at the plate. Yet with Matt Perconti heading the pitching staff and more than half of the team’s starters returning, the Trojans have a chance to continue their progression in Pooler’s second year at the helm.“We have the benefit of having a lot of kids this year,” Pooler said. “Even when you consider what we’ve lost, I think it’s a deep team with a lot of quality players.”Across the parking lot in Bar Harbor, head coach Jamey Lewis leads a young MDI softball team. Maddie Thornton is the only senior on a 14-player roster that’s loaded with sophomores and juniors.Despite their youth, the Trojans have already shown plenty of promise in the preseason. In an exhibition game against Bucksport last Thursday, MDI took the game to the wire before falling to a 5-3 defeat.“We hit the ball really well and fought a good team the whole way,” Lewis said. “I was really happy with our performance.”George Stevens Academy EaglesGeorge Stevens Academy started the season 8-0 last year and eventually claimed the top seed in the Class C North with a 13-3 record. Yet the Eagles’ season ended in the regional quarterfinals when they fell 3-2 at home to Fort Kent.GSA rarely lit up scoreboards last season, but neither did its opponents. Although the Eagles must replace leading pitchers Beckett Slayton, Jake Keenan and the track-team bound Taylor Schildroth from last year’s squad, Stefan Simmons will be back on the mound.At the plate, GSA will return Simmons, Marshal Lebel, Tyler McKenney and Ben Parker. With a Maine Baseball Hall of Fame head coach in Dan Kane, the Eagles could be a tough out once again in Class C.Sumner TigersSumner’s Lauren Hanna throws a pitch during a game against George Stevens Academy last season in Blue Hill. Hanna is a returning starter for the Tigers this season. FILE PHOTOSumner’s baseball team won a playoff game for the first time in 13 years last year when it defeated Central 2-0 in the Class C North prelims. It was a rewarding win for the Tigers, who had lost six games by three or fewer runs in the regular season.Sumner must replace Issiac Christiansen and Jacob Shorey but will return Kollin McLean and William Colson. The team has a new coach, Dana Smith, who takes over for Kyle Joy.In softball, Sumner brings back Lauren Hanna on the mound and a slew of other key players in the field and at the plate. The Tigers missed out on the last Class C North playoff position by one spot last season with a 3-13 record.Deer Isle-Stonington MarinersAfter a tough start to the year, the Deer Isle-Stonington baseball team won five of its final seven games to make the playoffs as the No. 10 seed in Class D North. The Mariners also came close to a spot in the quarterfinals, falling to Southern Aroostook 9-8 in the prelims to finish the year 7-10.Class C/D All-Star Ethan Shepard won’t be back for the Mariners after graduating last June, but key hitters Tyson Rice and Nathan Winchester and pitcher Silas Bates all return. The team is seeking back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2012 and 2013.On the softball diamond, Deer Isle-Stonington’s 7-9 record in 2017 saw it finish one spot short of the final Class D North playoff position. It was nonetheless a very eventful year for the Mariners, who beat Bangor Christian in a 30-29 thriller to open the season and won their final four games to finish it.With only one player from last year’s team having graduated, the Mariners should be primed to make even more noise in 2018. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

20 Sep

Asian Boxing Championships: Shiva Thapa storms into quarters

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Star boxer of India Shiva Thapa (60kg) is now just one win away from securing a record fourth medal from the Asian Boxing Championship. The Assam pugilist was at his destructive best and outpunched Kyrgyzstan’s Seitbek Uulu M 4-1 to march into the quarter-finals in Bangkok today.All total 5 Indian boxers entered the quarter-finals on Day 3 of this prestigious continental tournament. The others are Sarita Devi, Amit Panghal, Nikhat Zareen and Ashish.Four-time Asian Championships gold medallist Sarita Devi began her hunt for a staggering sixth medal from this elite event in highly impressive fashion. The 37-year-old blanked Korea’s Gwon Sujin and stormed into the quarter-finals by dint of RSC (Referee Stop Contest) in Round 3 as she was too dominant for her opponent.Amit Panghal opened his campaign and made it to the last-eight with a 5-0 decimation of Taipei’s Tu Po-Wei in his first continental competitive bout in the 52 Kg.Former world junior champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) advanced to the quarters by RSC in Round 2 as she was superior and her rival Cambodia’s Srey Pov Nao couldn’t contain the flurry of punches.In men’s 69kg, Ashish continued his scintillating run of form with a strong 4-1 win over Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov of Kyrgyzstan in a split verdict.The only disappointment for the Indian contingent on Sunday was the defeat of Brijesh Yadav in 81kg.Meanwhile, another boxer from Assam Lovlina Borgohain, who secured a bronze from the New Delhi World Championships, will take on Chinese Taipei’s world champion Chen Nien-Chin in a tough last-eight clash tomorrow. A win would be enough for her to ensure a medal in the championship. Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more