BAR HARBOR — It was a good weekend to be on the Mount Desert Island all star baseball teams. Both the Acadian Youth Sports 11/12 and the Senior League all star teams took home District One Championships.
11/12 All Stars
The AYS 11/12 All Stars faced a Machias team that they already had defeated once in the semi-final round of the tournament. That game, held at the Bar Harbor ball fields, was close, with the Acadians earning a 5-3 victory. However, when the championship rolled around in Machias, the team wouldn’t let Machias get that close again, routing the hosts 13-1. The District One title earns the team a berth in the 2015 Little League State Championship, which will be held in Waldoboro.
The Junior League squad hit a bit of a road block Sunday, losing to Ellsworth on Sunday afternoon at MDI 4-1.
Derek Collins started the game on the mound for the Acadians before Andrew Kennedy came in and took the loss. Prior to Sunday, the Acadians had advanced through the winner’s bracket without a loss, so the double-elimination format allowed them another chance to pull out the championship.
Monday evening, the Acadians travelled to Ellsworth to attempt to pull out the sweep, but fell just short. Liam Sullivan started for the team, with Jacob Mitchell replacing him. Despite a more active offense, the team couldn’t slow Ellsworth’s momentum and fell 5-4.
The Senior League team gained both a District One and State Championship in one game on Sunday afternoon at Mount Desert Island High School. They defeated Coastal 8-5 in seven innings. Alden Fournier had a triple for the hosts, while Mac Shea collected a double and an RBI. Riley Swanson pitched the first six innings, with Nick Stanley coming in for the save in the seventh.
The team earns an automatic State Championship because there is only one other Senior League district in the state. That district, located in the greater Bangor area, get’s an automatic bid to Senior League World Series due to its hometown position.
The team will travel to New Jersey this Friday to face teams from all over the Northeast in the East Regional. The double-elimination tournament determines who will represent America East in the Senior League World Series, which takes place at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.
Two years ago, the Acadians travelled to New Jersey but couldn’t win a game.
“We’re looking to be the first Maine senior league team to win a game in New Jersey,” said coach and AYS director Kyle McKim, “We need to focus on our hitting, because it’s a whole new level of baseball down there. Sometimes kids aren’t used to seeing the high speeds or abilities of the pitchers. Our defense is solid, so I know we don’t have to worry about that.”
The team will face Rhode Island in their first Friday night match-up.