BANGOR – Class B North baseball is the wild west. As we enter the midway point of the baseball season, it’s anyone’s guess who the favorite is.
“In this league there’s really no telling you could have somebody from the bottom work their way up and that’s just baseball,” Ellsworth pitcher Conner Wagstaff said.
Ellsworth has burst onto the scene this season as the 8-1 Eagles have outscored the opposition 53-1 over their last six games.
“We’ve been middle of the pack all my high school years so I definitely expected to be on top this year,” shortstop Bradly Smith said.
The Eagles have been dominant on the mound, especially Wagstaff. The junior is 3-0 on the season and has struck out 61 batters across four starts, he’s already received interest from Clemson and East Carolina.
But the Eagles have also been pretty good inside the batter’s box too. While those two things have been equally important for Ellsworth this season it’s biggest x-factor might be outside the diamond. Something that was established about a decade ago.
“Most of the seniors on this team I started coaching when they were nine and kinda chased them up through,” head coach Dan Curtis said.
“We’ve really grown up with every single guy on this team and being able to bond that way and coming closer each game and each practice is something special,” Wagstaff said.
But the lasting legacy this group of Eagles will leave goes beyond what could potentially end up being a regional or even state championship.
“Really the biggest thing they’ve done is they’ve grown together they’ve rejuvenated a program. Kids are excited to play for Ellsworth high school again and I think that’s a big testament to these group of kids.”