BUCKSPORT — The Mount Desert Island High School softball team was defeated in its first game of the 2019 season last Thursday when it fell 8-1 against Bucksport.
After Bucksport’s Mikayla Tripp struck out two MDI batters in the top of the first, the Golden Bucks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Brittney Dewitt. Tripp then struck out the side in the top of the second, and the home team doubled its lead when Victoria Watkins’ slap single scored Zoe Hosford from third base.
MDI (0-1) threatened in the top of the third inning when it put runners on second and third with two outs, but Tripp completed another three-strikeout inning to get herself out of the jam. After she struck out the first two batters to begin the fourth, Dewitt made a diving catch on the edge of the infield grass to complete a 1-2-3 inning.
The Trojans finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when Hannah Chamberlain scored on a passed ball, but Bucksport followed with a rally that produced six runs in two innings. That surge began when Tripp restored the Golden Bucks’ two-run advantage with a solo home run on the second pitch of the sixth inning.
MDI senior pitcher Lindsey McEachern struck out eight batters and walked six in the loss. At the plate, she gave the Trojans their lone hit when she singled to left in the third inning. Tripp finished with 18 strikeouts for the Golden Bucks.
MDI was originally scheduled to play Hermon (3-0) on Tuesday, but the game was moved to Wednesday afternoon because of inclement weather. The Trojans will host Old Town at 4:30 p.m. April 25, before heading to Caribou for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon Saturday, April 27, and returning home for a game against Washington Academy at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.