HERMON — The Mount Desert Island High School softball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday when it lost 4-0 on the road to the Hermon Hawks.
Lindsey McEachern pitched the complete game for MDI, allowing six hits and striking out 11. Breanne Oakes of Hermon also posted 11 strikeouts but allowed only one hit, a single from MDI’s Mackenzie Dyer.
Hermon put two runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. After that, neither team scored against the strong pitching until the sixth, when the Hawks added two more for the 4-0 win.
MDI 8 – Caribou 1
The team was scheduled to enter the weekend of April 28 with three games under its belt. It instead entered without having played a single one.
MDI’s first three games of the season, on April 17, 19 and 24, had to be postponed as the Trojans had too many players on vacation over April break to field a team. When it finally looked as if the Trojans would take the field after the April 19 game against George Stevens Academy was rescheduled for last Thursday, the game was postponed a second time because of inclement weather.
Saturday, on the other hand, couldn’t have been a nicer day for the Trojans’ scheduled doubleheader against Caribou. Taking the field for the first time, MDI took advantage to secure a winning start to the season with a pair of dominant victories.
The MDI softball team swept visiting Caribou on Saturday afternoon to start the 2018 season 2-0. The Trojans recorded an 8-1 win in the first game and triumphed 17-5 in the second game.
“The girls played really good softball this weekend,” Head Coach Jamey Lewis said. “We have some things to work on, but overall I was happy with our performance.”
Lindsey McEachern took the mound for MDI to open the day and delivered a vintage performance to lead the Trojans to victory. The junior struck out 11 batters without a walk in a complete-game effort.
MDI recorded five hits in the opening game, with a double from Hannah Hanscom and singles from McEachern, Maddie Thornton, Mackenzie Dyer and Ruby Brown. McEachern and Maddie Neale added stolen bases for the Trojans, who recorded a win in their opening game for the fifth time in the past six years.
MDI 17 – Caribou 5
In the second game, MDI scored eight runs in the first inning to provide Emily York with a significant cushion on the mound and breezed to their decisive victory of the day from there. The game was called early as the Trojans’ 12-run lead in the bottom of the fifth inning put the mercy rule into effect.
Neale, Dyer, Madison Jones, Hanscom and Hannah Chamberlain each had multi-hit games for MDI, which had 15 hits as a team. Chamberlain led the team with four RBIs, and Brown added three.
York pitched all five innings to earn the win for MDI and also recorded seven strikeouts without walking a single Caribou player. All five of her runs were unearned.