BAR HARBOR — The Acadian Youth Sports 9/10 all star team might have lost the first game of their District One tournament. But they didn’t let that deter them from making an impressive run through the losers’ bracket before falling just short of the championship game.
The Acadians suffered their opening loss to a solid Machias team, falling 11-2. However, they rallied in impressive form, posting 22 runs to rout a good Calais team 22-12. In their third game in a week, the run seemed to be coming to an end at the Coastal Little League field, as the team trailed 3-1 in the top of the sixth. They would rally and post three crucial runs in the final at-bat before playing stellar defense in the bottom of the inning to hold Coastal.
In the semifinal, the Acadians faced a rematch of their first game of the tournament, once again playing Machias, who had fallen to Ellsworth by one. Machias posted a similar offensive output, scoring 12 runs. However the Acadians bore up much better this time around, scoring nine runs, including a last-inning rally that fell just short.
The loss concludes the season for the 9/10 All Star team, which included team members Olin Rummler, Evan Ankrom, Quentin Pileggi, Cedar Ellis, Matt Levesque, Noah Keeley, Bing Shields, Austin Raymond, Jay Haney, Andrew James, Alex Gray and Joey Wellman-Clouse.
The 11/12 All Stars also are having a stellar District One tournament, reaching the championship game without a loss.
The Acadians led off the tournament with a hard-fought victory over Ellsworth 8-6. In their second round, the team faced a Bucksport squad that had earned a first round bye and showed why they didn’t need one, winning 9-4. Last Thursday, still enjoying home field advantage, the Acadians avenged their younger counterparts and defeated Machias 5-3.
The championship game will take place this Thursday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of Machias and Bucksport. Thanks to their undefeated record and the double-elimination format, if they should lose the first game, the Acadians will get another shot at a title.