BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School softball season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Oceanside in the Class B North preliminary round last Wednesday. Nevertheless, one of the team’s best seasons in years will give the Trojans plenty of optimism as the program prepares for 2019.
Against Oceanside, Lindsey McEachern struck out 11 batters in six innings of work and allowed just four hits. Yet the Mariners’ Chloe Jones also was strong on the mound, striking out 11 batters of her own and limiting the Trojans to three hits total.
Hannah Chamberlain, Maddie Thornton and Maddie Neale had the hits for MDI.
The Trojans’ season ended at 9-8 with the loss. Those nine wins were the team’s most since it went 12-6 in 2014. They marked a four-win improvement from last year’s 5-12 finish. The team had two separate winning streaks of three games each from May 7-9 and May 17-24.
The team amassed that record despite playing an extraordinarily difficult Class B North schedule. Seven of their eight losses came against Old Town, Oceanside, Hermon and Foxcroft, which went a combined 55-9 in the regular season and earned seeds 2-5 in the regional playoffs.
As a result of weather postponements, MDI played much of that schedule during a tight stretch in early May. Between May 4 and May 12, the Trojans had to play seven games in as many days both in Bar Harbor and away from home.
On the winning side, MDI recorded season sweeps of Caribou, Washington Academy and George Stevens Academy. They beat John Bapst in the only meeting between the two teams and split the season series with Ellsworth and Belfast.
MDI will lose only Thornton from this season’s team. The Trojans will return McEachern, a second-team All-Penobscot Valley Conference selection, as well as Chamberlain, Neale, Mackenzie Dyer, Emily York and batting average leader Hannah Hanscom.