BAR HARBOR — Against all comers, the Acadian Little League 11-12 baseball team’s district tournament showing produced tight games.
The Acadians put forth a spirited effort in the recent District 1 tournament, in which it went 1-2 with a win over Coastal Little League and losses to Calais Little League and Bucksport Little League. Both of the team’s defeats in the double-elimination format came by one run.
The team began tournament play last Monday with a showdown against Calais in Washington County. Acadian lost the game 7-6, though Colin Sullivan blasted a grand slam for the visitors in the hard-fought defeat.
“Colin had a great tournament,” head coach Jason Hodgdon said. “All three games, he played well for us.”
After four days of rest, Acadian returned to action Saturday to take on Coastal Little League of Blue Hill. This time, the team pulled out a 7-6 to stave off elimination and advance to the tournament’s final four.
On Monday, Acadian played another elimination game when it took on Bucksport in Bar Harbor. Acadian took a 10-9 lead into the final inning, but the visitors used a late-game rally to come out on top 11-10.
After the game, Acadian head coach Jason Hodgdon gave the game ball to Bucksport head coach Jon Goss. Goss, who was equally impressed with Acadian’s showing, gave Hodgdon’s team his game ball in return.
“That was a great game,” Goss said. “You guys fought hard all the way. You should be proud of yourselves.”
Members of this year’s Acadian 11-12 team are Bowdoin Allen, Garrett Ames, Tyler Edlund, James Hanscom, Eli Hansbury, Cal Hodgdon, Mason LaPointe, Tyson Long, Robert Murphy, Logan Reece, Alex Roos, Patrick Saltysiak and Colin Sullivan. Hodgdon coached the team with assistants Scott Edlund and Jimmy Hanscom.
The 11-12 team wasn’t the only Acadian squad participating in tournament action, though, as the 9-10 squad began its own District 1 tournament Friday. After a 7-4 loss to Sunrise Little League of Columbia in the opener, Acadian defeated Coastal 20-14 in Blue Hill.
Acadian was scheduled to continue the 9-10 tournament on the road Tuesday against Calais. The team is coached by Travis Tripp.
On the softball side, Acadian 9-10 opened district play Friday with a 14-1 loss to Sunrise in Columbia. The team, which is coached by Kyle and Tony McKim, was scheduled to host Sunrise in a rematch Tuesday. Acadian did not field an 11-12 softball team in this year’s district tournament.
At the Junior League level, Acadian is set to begin the District 1 tournament next Wednesday against either Ellsworth or Coastal. With a win, the team will advance to play Calais or Machias next Friday, July 19.
The 9-10 and 11-12 teams will be back in action next month for the Marty Lyons Classic in Bar Harbor.