Members of the Mount Desert Island softball team celebrate a home run by Mollie Gray (right) during a high school softball game against John Bapst on May 18 in Bangor. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS POPPER/WDEA

MDI baseball, softball close out

MDI’s Porter Isaacs applies the tag at first base during a high school softball game against Ellsworth on May 20 in Bar Harbor.

BAR HARBOR — Two games remain in the Mount Desert Island baseball and softball seasons after both squads posted winning stretches over their past five games.

The MDI baseball team posted a win over John Bapst last Tuesday and fell to Ellsworth last Thursday before bouncing back with three straight wins. The Trojans posted the same results against John Bapst and Ellsworth on the softball diamond last week while splitting Saturday’s doubleheader against Caribou in Aroostook County.

Last Tuesday, MDI got its sixth win of the year as it claimed a 7-0 victory over John Bapst in Bangor. Quentin Pileggi (5 innings pitched) and Porter Isaacs (2 innings pitched) combined to allow just three hits for the Trojans, who got three hits, two stolen bases and three runs scored from Logan Beckwith and two hits, one RBI and one run scored from Grady Wellman-Webster.

After succumbing to a 4-2 home defeat against Ellsworth last Thursday, MDI claimed two wins in Saturday’s road doubleheader against Caribou. The Trojans broke out the big bats in the victories, both of which came by scores of 18-7.

“After that Ellsworth game, we really needed to go out and get back at somebody,” MDI head coach Andy Pooler said. “It’s hard to go a long way for a doubleheader, so I was happy that we were able to hit well and come away with two wins.”

Beckwith and Brady Renault led the way for the Trojans at the plate in Game 1 as both players smacked four hits in as many at-bats. MDI also got two hits (including a home run) and three RBIs from Porter Isaacs and two hits each from Wellman-Webster and Sam Mitchell.

Mitchell then broke out for the Trojans in Game 2 as he went 4 for 4 with a home run and six RBIs for a red-hot MDI offense. The Trojans also got two hits apiece from Beckwith and Wellman-Webster and a home run and four RBIs from Isaacs.

“We were thin on pitching going up there, but we had guys step up offensively to score a lot of runs,” Pooler said. “We’ve been looking for that consistent hitting, so it was good for us to be able to find it.”

On Tuesday, MDI claimed a third consecutive win for the first time this year as it defeated John Bapst 6-2 in Bar Harbor. Sam Mitchell pitched a complete game for the third-ranked Trojans (9-5), who got two hits each from Beckwith, Isaacs and Aiden Grant and one hit and two steals from Renault.

MDI’s softball team cruised to an easy win over John Bapst last Tuesday as it topped the Crusaders 12-1 in Bangor. The Trojans led the game 10-0 after two innings en route to a run-rule victory at Husson University.

Leah Carroll and Mollie Gray hit home runs in the win for MDI, which also got three hits each from Addy Boyce and Grace Horner and two hits from Olivia Gray. Boyce claimed the win in the circle for the Trojans as she struck out 13 batters in a complete-game effort.

After suffering a 13-1 home defeat in Thursday’s home game against Ellsworth, MDI split Saturday’s road doubleheader against Caribou. The Trojans claimed an 18-4 victory in Game 1 before the Vikings prevailed 9-7 in Game 2.

The MDI softball team, which was in sixth place as of Wednesday morning, had its scheduled rematch against John Bapst on Tuesday canceled. It is unclear whether or not that game will be rescheduled in the coming days.

Both MDI teams will play their final home games of the season when they host Brewer at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29. The Trojans will then close out regular season play on the road against Ellsworth at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 1.

“You’re definitely going to see a bit of a shakeup in the standings a little bit in this last week,” Pooler said. “We’ve seen good competition all year, and we know that’s what we’re going to see from here on out.

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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