BAR HARBOR — A homerun by junior Maddie Thornton at the bottom of the third inning helped propel the Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team to a 14-12 win over Ellsworth High School at home Tuesday afternoon.
The Trojans improved to 1-1 early on in a promising season for the young team.
“We got a win out of the way, and that’s what we wanted,” said MDI Head Coach Jamey Lewis. “I’m so excited for the girls and Maddie Thornton and [everyone] played their tails off.”
Sophomore Hannah Chamberlain hit two doubles, while freshman Emily York had four base hits with a double and three singles. Sophomore Lily Cook and freshman Madison Neale each had two singles.
“We had a lot of nice hits,” Lewis said of the high-scoring game.
Sophomore ace pitcher Lindsey McEachern threw a complete game, giving up 13 hits, nine earned runs, five bunts and nine strikeouts. At bat, McEachern hit a double and single.
Senior Callie Hammer of Ellsworth led the Eagles with a double and two singles. Juniors Mariah Young and Shelby Cote each had doubles, while junior Katelynn Bagley, senior Leah Stevens and sophomore Katherine Hammer each hit two singles.
Ellsworth senior Samantha Mason pitched four innings, and sophomore MacKenzie Chipman pitched two innings, giving up a combined 14 hits, nine earned runs, three walks and eight strikeouts.
Lewis said the MDI players will continue to work on defensive plays in practice.
“We’ve got to work on little things like where and when to throw the ball, like if a player is on first and third what do we need to do,” Lewis said. “We need to work on situational play.”
MDI vs. Bucksport
The Bucksport High School varsity softball team may have defeated the Trojans 2-1 Friday night in Bar Harbor, but players, coaches and fans came out of the game feeling like winners.
“It was a really awesome game,” said Lewis. “They played their hearts out, and I couldn’t be prouder.”
The weather for the first game of the season was unbearably cold, but the Trojans’ pitching was on fire.
McEachern held the Bucks to zero runs until the top of the seventh inning when she walked Emily Hunt who scored on Makenzie Smith’s double. Maggie Bires had a single for Bucksport’s second run.
The Trojans answered with a double by Emily York, who scored a run off a single by Hannah Hanscom in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bucks opened their season after a championship run last spring that saw the team become runners-up for the Class C state title.
Despite a young roster, MDI surprised Bucksport by putting up a tough fight.
Lewis said preseason scrimmages against Class A teams such as Lawrence High School and Cony High School helped the players set their standards high for the season.
“It showed them what it really takes to be a winning team,” said the coach.
Against Bucksport, Lewis said team captains McEachern, Maddie Thornton and Alaina Duley stepped up to the plate to motivate the younger players.
The Trojans are set to host John Bapst Memorial High School on Thursday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. and will head to Old Town High School on Tuesday, May 2, for a 4:30 game.