THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Ellsworth baseball team wins state championship

first_imgELLSWORTH — The last pitch Matt Burnett threw as an Ellsworth Eagle clinched a state championship. Six months later, he hasn’t stopped thinking about it.With winter’s arrival, green grasses and dirt infields across the state look vastly different than they did June 15, the day Burnett pitched Ellsworth to a 2-0 win over Freeport in the Class B title game at St. Joseph’s College. Yet even though the 2019 season might be a distant memory for some, Burnett, his coaches and his fellow teammates are still basking in their run to No. 1.“It’s something I don’t think I’m ever going to shut up about,” Burnett said with a laugh. “I’m sure I’m going to be telling my kids and grandkids about it some day. To think back on it all and what we did, it’s just unreal.”The 2019 season saw Ellsworth claim its first state title since 1988 and the program’s fourth overall. The Eagles rode remarkable starting pitching and timely contributions up and down the lineup to a 19-1 season, one that ended with a sea of maroon-clad players hoisting the Gold Glove on that sunny evening in Standish.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth entered the season fresh off a 2018 campaign in which it went 17-2 and finished as the Northern Maine runner-up. With Burnett and fellow senior Conner Wagstaff back to form one of the state’s top pitching duos and a combination of veteran talent and eager newcomers at the plate and in the field, the Eagles began 2019 with high expectations once again.Ellsworth made its status as one of the state’s elite teams clear early in the year as it outscored opponents 78-5 over its first seven games. The Eagles’ second game of the season, a 20-1 win over perennial Class B North contender Old Town, began a streak of five straight wins by 10 or more runs.“When we crushed Old Town, that’s when I knew we were going to be really good again,” Burnett said. “They’re a big rival of ours that’s always a good team, and winning that game 20-1 showed us what kind of team we could be.”Conner Wagstaff celebrates his RBI triple in the third inning of the Class B North championship baseball game against Hermon on June 12 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Ellsworth’s 9-5 win over Hermon in the regional final came one year to the day after the Eagles lost the 2018 Northern Maine title game to Brewer on the same field. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter winning on the road against a much-improved Belfast team and earning home wins over Mount Desert Island and Brewer, Ellsworth fell to its only loss of the season, a 3-1 road defeat against George Stevens Academy, on May 17. Yet the Eagles responded by finishing the regular season with five straight wins and claiming the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row.Although the GSA loss was a blotch on what was otherwise a perfect résumé, Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said the loss sparked a newfound energy in the team. After beating John Bapst on Senior Day and rattling off four consecutive road wins to close out the regular season, the Eagles defeated Lawrence, Medomak Valley, Hermon and Freeport in the playoffs to take home the title.“I think our leadership really stepped up after that George Stevens game,” Curtis said. “We played with a new level of focus and weren’t going to take ‘No’ for an answer.”Ellsworth’s Class B North championship game win over Hermon came one year to the day after the Eagles lost in the same round to Brewer. That game, which took place on the same Mansfield Stadium grass as the Eagles’ regional title game win this year, was a source of motivation for the returning players.“Losing that Brewer game was one of the most emotionally difficult things I’ve ever had to deal with,” Burnett said. “It made us come back and work even harder.”Yet the impact of Ellsworth’s title win, Curtis said, has gone beyond the field; from members of the varsity team serving as role models for the Little Leaguers to businesses going all out for the team’s postseason celebration in August, the 2019 Eagles’ lasting legacy will be about more than baseball to their head coach.“You look at the examples these boys set as people and the way the community rallied behind them, and everybody has given back a lot,” Curtis said. “The city of Ellsworth really invested in these kids, and everybody is going to still be talking about this team and what they did for Ellsworth years from now.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biocenter_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.last_img read more

Podcast: Basketball opener reactions, look ahead to Purdue

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the opensourc

first_imgToday marks the 25th anniversary of the open-source operating system used to do everything from powering supercomputers to surfing the web: Linux.Linux began its journey 25 years ago, and now it’s a top product platform for apps for smartphones, Internet of Things devices, and computers—all of which primarily run on Linux.Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu), said that the organization is continuing to “support Linux’s journey as the production platform for the enterprise and telecoms infrastructure we see today.” She added that while cloud technology runs almost entirely on Linux, Canonical still thinks the desktop is important to Linux’s growth. Ubuntu also started as a desktop OS, and it’s still used for both mobile and desktop programs, she said.A personal projectLinus Torvalds, creator of Linux, also reflected on the milestone anniversary. He started Linux as a simple personal project, but that project now supports more than 80 architectures and counts 22 million lines of code, with more than 5,000 developers from about 500 companies, according to the latest Linux Kernel Development report that was released earlier this week.At one point, Torvalds almost quit Linux. During that time, the kernel community was small and the process became unmanageable, he said. The community switched to the BitKeeper revision-control system, which helped him deal with the project. When BitKeeper become too “unwieldy,” Torvalds decided to create Git to further scale the development process. There were other points of frustration and issues along the way, but Torvalds always came back to Linux.“Power management was such a bummer for so many years. We really struggled with that, where you could just take a random laptop and suspend it and resume it and assume it works,” he said at LinuxCon this week.What’s in the future for Linux? In the next 25 years, Silber believed that developers and software organizations can put their trust in Linux for everyday needs, whether it’s for simple developments, or for things like the IoT or machine learning.Canonical also sees software remaining free to share so it can continue to improve by the community. Under the GPL, no one can take advantage of anyone’s code, and it will always remain free, said Torvalds.Canonical’s Silber agreed: The fact that Linux is still an open platform is something to celebrate, she said.last_img read more