Porter Isaacs pitches for the Mount Desert Island High School baseball team Tuesday against the visiting Hermon Hawks. He struck out five batters in three innings. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Baseball 2-3 after loss to Hermon



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School baseball team fell to Hermon 8-3 Tuesday afternoon, bringing the team’s record to 2-3 for the season so far.

The Trojans had 6 hits in the game to Hermon’s 8, but MDI also had 5 errors that stalled progress on the scoreboard. Three hits came from Quentin Pileggi and two were from Nick Corson.

Sam Keblinsky pitched four innings and threw 15 first pitch strikes. Porter Isaacs was on the mound for three innings and struck out 5.

Heading into Tuesday’s home game, the team had two wins, two losses; 22 runs for, 22 runs against; four one-run ball games that have seen the Trojans on the winning and losing sides of rallies. For a young, retooling team such as the Trojans, that’s not such a bad spot.

“To come through that tough early-season stretch and be 2-2, I’ll take that,” head coach Andy Pooler said. “It’s come down to the last at-bat in all four games.”

MDI 7 – Old Town 6

MDI’s first win of the season came last Thursday when it defeated Old Town 7-6 in Bar Harbor. The victory came one week after the Trojans lost to Bucksport by the same score on the road.

Keblinsky got the win against Old Town with just four hits and two earned runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings of work. Brady Renault secured the game’s final out for the Trojans, who had five hits at the plate.

Caribou 5 – MDI 4

On Friday, MDI traveled to Aroostook County to face Caribou in a doubleheader. The Trojans lost 5-4 in the first game before picking up a 5-4 win to earn a split with the Vikings.

In Game 1, MDI led 4-2 before Caribou scored three runs in the seventh inning to win the game. Sam Mitchell took the loss for MDI, which got three hits from Drew Shea, two from Keblinsky and one apiece from Renault, Logan Beckwith, Nick Corson, Pileggi and Grady Wellman-Webster.

MDI 5 – Caribou 4

The Trojans, though, bounced back in Game 2 with a comeback win of their own; trailing 4-1 in the fourth inning, the Trojans scored two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh to pull ahead 5-4 and notch the victory.

Pileggi, pitching in his first varsity game for MDI, went four innings in Game 2 and allowed four runs on as many hits. Beckwith came on in relief for the Trojans and held Caribou scoreless the rest of the way to earn the win. MDI got two hits from Mitchell and one apiece from Corson, Keblinsky and Pileggi.

“It was great to see us respond to a tough loss like that by coming back from being down early,” Pooler said. “Caribou is scrappy, underrated team, and you want to make sure you get yourself at least one win for that bus ride back.”

MDI was scheduled to host Washington Academy (2-1) on Wednesday.

“We have some tough games ahead of us, but it’s really nice that we were able to play four games thus far,” Pooler said Monday. “Getting the doubleheader in was huge, and now we’ll hopefully get the chance to play a few more home games.”

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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.

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