Baseball, softball playoffs delayed



BAR HARBOR — Rain forced delayed starts to the playoffs for the Mount Desert Island High School baseball and softball teams. The teams were scheduled to play their respective preliminary games Monday and Tuesday.

After last Tuesday’s loss to Ellsworth, the MDI baseball team (11-5) missed out on the No. 2 seed and subsequent bye to the Class B North quarterfinals by .3 points. Brewer (11-5) finished with a tournament index of 130.8 to edge out the Trojans’ 130.5.

The Trojans were scheduled to host No. 14 Caribou (4-12) on Wednesday after Tuesday’s game was postponed. The two teams split a doubleheader when they last met in Bar Harbor on April 28.

With a win, MDI will host No. 11 Belfast (9-7) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, June 7.

The MDI softball team (9-7) also finished on the wrong side of the Heal point index after Ellsworth’s 9-3 win over the Trojans last week gave the Eagles a 52.8-52.7 advantage and secure 13th place the standings. Still, MDI’s 14th-place finish was enough for the Trojans to beat out Erskine Academy for the final playoff spot.

Narraguagus 8 – MDI 6

On Friday, the Trojans hosted Class C North No. 2 seed Narraguagus in an exhibition game. The game gave the team a chance to stay active as the team was otherwise scheduled to go a full week between games.

“The scrimmage with Narraguagus was really good [for us],” MDI Head Coach Jamey Lewis said. “Everybody got to play, and we hit and fielded the ball pretty wall.”

MDI endured two postponements against third-seeded Oceanside (14-2), first Monday and again Tuesday. The two teams were scheduled to try again Wednesday in Rockland.

A win would pit MDI against No. 6 Medomak Valley (10-6) or No. 11 Presque Isle (7-9) in the quarterfinals. As the Trojans are the lowest seed in the tournament, they would play that game and any future playoff games as the designated road team.

“For the playoffs, we really have to work on not having as many errors in the field,” Lewis said. “It’s been our Achilles’ heel most of the year. We’ve been doing a few more fielding drills to kind of bring it back to basics.”

Top batters

Alden Fournier and Hannah Hanscom won MDI’s regular season baseball and softball batting titles, respectively.

Fournier swatted 17 hits in 43 at-bats to finish with an average of .395 on the season. Nick Stanley had 17 hits in 45 at-bats to finish a close second in the batting title race at .378.

On the softball side, the race was as close as could be. Hanscom finished with a .412 average with 14 hits in 34 at-bats, and her 50 plate appearances met the minimum required total for batting title eligibility in a 16-game season. Lindsey McEachern finished second with a .411 average.

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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