BAR HARBOR — The Trojan varsity softball team fell 23-3 to the Old Town Coyotes at home on Tuesday, May 10. With the loss, the Mount Desert Island High School team dropped to 0-9 on the season, and even though the varsity squad hasn’t made a mark on the winning side yet, the coaching staff remains optimistic.
“The talent is there,” said MDI Assistant Coach Jan Carroll. “Every official has said this is not a 0-9 team. Every single umpire has said, ‘they’re a better team than they are on the book,’ and we are. It’s just mental errors, we’re trying to work through it, and we’re trying to get these girls to believe in themselves and let things go. ”
On Tuesday afternoon, the Trojans were behind 1-9 going into the third inning. Even though they battled for the next four, it wasn’t enough to bridge the wide gap the Coyotes had opened.
The Coyotes had 19 hits, five of which came in the first inning and an additional nine in the seventh.
MDI notched eight hits and committed 11 errors.
Avalon Kerley contributed three singles, and Brittany Corson added two. Ally Bender, Cassidy Parady, Natasha Olearcek and Alaina Duley each had a single.
Maddie Thornton pitched to Hannah Chamberlain and struck out three players from Old Town.
“This is a hard season for us, it really is,” said head Coach Jamey Lewis, and to keep her squad motivated, she said the coaching staff needs to “just keep talking to them, and the biggest thing for us is to make sure that they have a positive attitude when they go out on the field.”
Last week, when her squad fell 2-1 to the Ellsworth Eagles, Lewis said they put up a fight.
“They played a heck of a game in Ellsworth, and you think, ‘this is the team I know we have,’ they played so well,” she said. “You have to keep working every day and hope that somewhere it gets turned around for you. We just need one game to turn it around for us.”
According to Assistant Coach Margie Phelps, the softball squad has demonstrated improvement in the season so far and needs to continue working hard.
“We battled all season, from where we started to where we are now, it’s been great. They’ve improved so much, but they don’t believe it themselves yet,” she said. “They’re getting there, but they don’t believe it yet. That’s what we need to do. We just need to take the next step, and they’re so close, they’re on the edge of the cliff. We just have to give them a little nudge.”
FOXCROFT ACADEMY 8 – MDI 1
The Trojan varsity softball team fell 8-1 to the F oxcroft Academy Ponies on the road on Saturday, May 7.
The teams went neck-and-neck for the first three innings and were tied at 1-1 going into the fourth. But two quick errors by MDI allowed the Ponies to add four runs in the inning.
MDI’s lone hit came from senior Brittany Corson, who drove in the run for the Trojan team.
Lindsey McEachern struck out five players in a complete game effort. Mackenzie Beaudry of Foxcroft Academy had nine strikeouts against the Trojan lineup.
ELLSWORTH 2 – MDI 1
The Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team rallied and notched five hits to Ellsworth’s four, but it wasn’t quite enough when they fell 2-1 to the Eagles on the road on Friday, May 6.
Ally Bender had two singles for MDI, Aubrie Boyce notched a double, and Alaina Duley laid down two bunts. Breann Cummings of Ellsworth scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Eagles the victory over the Trojans.
Kate Whitney struck out seven Trojan batters, and McEachern struck out two for MDI.
MDI is set to host Hermon High School on Thursday, May 12, at 4:30 p.m.