Eagles season takes off

Sports; GSA; ball; Ellsworth; nick; bianco; 043015 Nick Bianco slides into base. Photo by Franklin Brown

Nick Bianco slides into base. Photo by Franklin Brown

Blue Hill—The GSA varsity sluggers are off to a great start this season, leading their division at 6-1. Their latest win—7-5 win over Bucksport on May 6.

“We are having a solid start to the season,” Coach Dan Kane said. He credits the team’s defense with leading the effort.

The Eagles are coming off a 12-7 win over Central at Corinth on Monday.

“Offensively, we have taken advantage of our opportunities and mixed in some timely hitting,” Kane said, adding that the squad is playing well as a team, with all players contributing to the Eagles’ early success.

“[Senior pitchers] Kelsey Allen, Will Ricker and Wesley Herrick have all recorded victories. They have given us good leadership on the mound by walking very few and throwing strikes consistently,” Kane said.

Kane looks for steady improvement “in all aspects of the game” as the season progresses, he said, including hitting, in which he hopes the team will become more consistent.

The team’s only loss so far was against rival Washington Academy, who edged past the Eagles by a single run (Eagles 2, Raiders 3) on April 30.

While GSA was stopped last year 3-0 in regional play by Washington Academy—who went on to grab the Class C state title—the Eagles finished strong at 14 wins and five losses for the season.

“We should be able to be a solid playoff team at the end of the season,” Kane said.

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