Mount Desert Island High School freshman Sam Mitchell pitches during the second game of the Trojans’ doubleheader against Caribou on April 28 in Bar Harbor. Mitchell pitched five innings and allowed only one earned run for the Trojans to earn the win. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

MDI baseball tops Hermon

HERMON — The Mount Desert Island High School baseball team retained its position atop Class B North on Tuesday with a 3-1 road win over Hermon. The Trojans are now 4-1 on the season.

Matt Perconti allowed three hits in the game and threw nine strikeouts.

Sam Keblinsky led MDI at the plate, with three hits, including a double. Hermon put up the first run of the game, in the first inning, and held the 1-0 lead until MDI pulled ahead 2-1 in the fifth. The Trojans added one more run in the sixth for the 3-1 win.

Caribou 5 – MDI 1

A split with Caribou over the weekend might not have been the perfect result for the team, but one inning gone awry wasn’t enough to diminish what was otherwise a solid day on the diamond for the Trojans.

MDI pushed its record to 3-1 on the season after following up a 5-2 loss to Caribou in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader at MDI High School with a 5-4 win in the second. The results saw the Trojans emerge from a challenging four-game home stand with a winning record heading into May.

“Overall, we had a pretty good weekend,” Head Coach Andy Pooler said. “Our only hiccup was not closing out game one. Outside of one bad inning, we did everything we needed to do.”

Although MDI held a 1-2 lead after six innings in the opener, Caribou strung together four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-2 lead before closing out the game. It was the first win of the season for the visiting Vikings, who previously had lost both games of a doubleheader to Hermon on April 21 before dropping a tight game against Houlton on April 25.

Andrew Kennedy, who took the loss for MDI, pitched 6-2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs. He and Alden Fournier, who pitched the final out in the top of the seventh, had two hits to lead the Trojans at the plate.

MDI 5 – Caribou 4

In the second game, MDI outbattled Caribou (1-4) in a tight affair. Sam Mitchell picked up the win for the Trojans with only one earned run allowed and four strikeouts in five innings of work.

Fournier was once again a key contributor for the Trojans at the plate in game two with a pair of doubles. Kennedy, Sam Keblinsky, Stanley Grierson, Matt Perconti and Kyle Nicholson added singles for MDI. The Trojans stole seven bases in the win.

“Game two showed our depth on the mound,” Pooler said. “The offense got back on track, and we buckled down on defense. That will hopefully give us some momentum going into this week.”

The week in question will be a significant test of how the Trojans stack up against some of the top contenders in Class B North. The Trojans will be on the road to face defending regional champion Old Town, today, Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m., Foxcroft on Saturday, May 5, at noon and Washington Academy on Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m.

The win in the second game pushed MDI into first place in the Class B North standings as of Tuesday morning. Wins this week would help solidify that spot for the Trojans, who began the season with home victories over solid Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy squads.

“I think right now, after four games, we are right where we need to be,” Pooler said. “This week coming up is huge with road games against top-tier teams. It will be fun to see how we compete.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike 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 [email protected]

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