Ellsworth baseball team beats Hermon, Old Town to move into 1st place

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 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] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biocenter_img Latest Posts OLD TOWN — The Ellsworth baseball team needed a remarkable road stretch to close in on Class B North’s No. 1 seed. After winning the first two of those road games, the Eagles won’t have to worry about playing another in the playoffs.Ellsworth improved to 13-1 on the season with road victories Thursday evening against Hermon and Monday afternoon against Old Town. Those results gave the Eagles a lead of more than 20 Heal points in the Northern Maine standings, enough to take the team within touching distance of the region’s top spot for the second consecutive year.“It’s always tough when you play good teams on the road, but at this time of year, all of us are ready for this,” senior Matt Burnett said. “As seniors, we’ve been practicing and doing this for four years now. We know this is the time you have to get going.”Against Hermon on Thursday, Ellsworth jumped out to an early lead with four first-inning runs in a battle of the region’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams, respectively. With strong pitching from Conner Wagstaff and a few insurance runs in the final three innings, the Eagles earned a 7-1 victory and took over first place in Class B North from the previously undefeated Hawks.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWagstaff struck out 10 batters and walked just three in 6 2/3 innings of work to earn his fourth win of the season. The senior ace helped his cause with two singles at the plate, and the Eagles also received three hits from Tyler Mitchell and one apiece from Burnett, Hunter Curtis and Devin Grindle in the win.Whereas Ellsworth had used a batch of early runs to take the lead against Hermon, the Eagles didn’t register a single hit in the first four innings against Old Town’s sharp pitching. Yet with Burnett throwing a gem of his own to keep the game scoreless, Ellsworth was still in position to seize control if it could get a rally going.“Their pitching was really good today,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said of Old Town after his team’s Memorial Day win. “That happens to you from time to time, and you just have to stick with it and wait for a breakthrough.”That breakthrough came in the fifth as a leadoff double from Hunter Curtis and bunt single from Wagstaff gave the Eagles runners on the corners with no outs. The ensuing rally saw Ellsworth plate three runs in the inning, and the visitors added two more in the sixth as Burnett kept Old Town scoreless the rest of the way to cement a 5-0 victory.Burnett finished the game with 11 strikeouts and no walks to improve to 6-0 on the season. He held Old Town hitless through 5 2/3 innings and conceded just two hits overall.Although Burnett, last year’s Penobscot Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, has been one of the conference’s best once again this season, he’s felt his split-seam fastball has been lacking at times. That wasn’t the case Monday, though, as his success with the splitter baffled Old Town batters all afternoon long.“Last year, it was my most effective pitch,” Burnett said. “I think I got it for strike two four times today, so I knew I was comfortable with it.”Hunter Curtis led Ellsworth with three hits at the plate and scored two of the Eagles’ five runs. Riley Grindle added two hits for the Eagles as Burnett, Mitchell and Wagstaff had one each.Ellsworth is scheduled to face Mount Desert Island (8-7) at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 29, in Bar Harbor. The Eagles beat the Trojans 8-1 when the two teams met earlier this month at Ellsworth High School.Although the MDI game was originally scheduled to be Ellsworth’s last of the regular season, that changed Tuesday when poor field conditions forced the postponement of the Eagles’ road contest against Washington Academy (6-8). The Eagles will face the Raiders at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 30.Regardless of Ellsworth’s results against MDI and Washington Academy, the Eagles will open their Class B North playoff slate with a home game in the quarterfinals. Should they advance, they would play their semifinal game at home as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.“We’re lucky to have guys who live for these big games,” Dan Curtis said. “When the pressure’s on, they rear up and play even better. … We know our guys are going to be up for that challenge.”Update: This story has been amended to include the time of Ellsworth’s road game Thursday against Washington Academy. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Famed Brazilian Poet Visits Saint Martin’s University

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Salgado Maranhão remained illiterate until age 15, spending most of his youth working on his family’s isolated subsistence farm in rural, northeastern Brazil. Now, he is one of Brazil’s most celebrated poets and will be presenting a reading of his work at Saint Martin’s University.Accompanied by Alexis Levitin, a translator of Portuguese poetry, award-winning poet Maranhão will read from two of his collections, “Blood of the Sun” and “Tiger Fur,” at the next Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center.The two men are coming to campus as part of a West Coast tour to promote Maranhão’s work that extends from San Diego, California, to Seattle, says Jamie Olson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, who has counted Levitin among his colleagues for a number of years.“I have seen Salgado and Alexis read their poems and translations in person. To say the least, they are a dynamic pair,” Olson says. “Salgado’s poems bring together the earthy, the political and the metaphysical, and Alexis translates him beautifully.”Maranhão explains in an autobiographical essay for Milkweed Editions that as he was growing up, he “had to work in the fields like everyone else to earn a living…This was hard, hard work and quite distant from poetry.”“Poetry entered my life in an unexpected way,” he explains in the essay. “I lived in close proximity to poetry all my childhood because of the repentistas, the travelling singers and reciters of improvisatory poetry that were typical of the northeast of Brazil when I was growing up.” His constant contact with the repintistas, who Maranhão likens to “modern-day troubadours,” had a cumulative effect on him.In addition to the English Department and the Harvie lecture series, sponsors of the reading by Maranhão and Levitin are the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, Sigma Tau Delta honor society and Saint Martin’s Abbey.The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Saint Martin’s University Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community. The series honors the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s. For more information, contact Robert Hauhart at 360-438-4525 or [email protected]last_img read more