MDI FOX BASEBALL 2: Logan Beckwith scores a run during the second inning of a high school baseball game against Foxcroft on May 9 in Bar Harbor. Beckwith leads the Trojans in runs scored (10) this year and is second in hits with 11. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

MDI team outscores Foxcroft, 8-4



BAR HARBOR — Needing to get the taste of defeat out of its mouth, the Mount Desert Island High School baseball team rebounded in a big way.

Last Wednesday, MDI fell to its worst loss of the 2019 season on the road against Old Town. The Trojans recorded nine bases hits, but those efforts went for naught as the home team rolled to a 9-0 win.

“It just wasn’t our day,” MDI head coach Andy Pooler said of the Trojans’ shutout defeat. “We put ourselves in a hole [against Old Town], and they saw an opportunity to put us away. We needed to get over that loss fast and bounce back with a really good effort.”

Last Thursday, MDI put that tough defeat behind it with an 8-4 win over Foxcroft in Bar Harbor. The win was a rewarding one for the Trojans, who are now fifth in the Class B North standings with six games to play following games against Washington Academy and Ellsworth.

Foxcroft took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before MDI tied the game on a Porter Isaacs’ sacrifice fly in the bottom half. After Sam Mitchell pitched a scoreless inning in the second, freshman Quentin Pileggi ripped a base hit to center field to spark a four-run frame for the Trojans.

“Our goal was to jump out to an early start after [Wednesday],” MDI junior Nick Corson said. “As a team, we just got going right off the bat, executed and hit the ball.”

Foxcroft got back into the game with three runs in the third inning, but that would be all the Ponies could muster for the rest of the game. MDI used a three-run fourth to restore its four-run advantage, and the Trojans kept the visitors off the scoreboard in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to close out the win.

Logan Beckwith and Sam Keblinsky had three hits apiece for MDI, which smacked 11 as a team. Corson, Kyle Nicholson, Quentin Pileggi, Brady Renault and Drew Shea also had base hits.

On the mound, Mitchell allowed one earned run in three innings as the Trojans’ starting pitcher. Keblinsky came on in relief to get the win for the Trojans with no runs allowed in four innings of work.

“I thought we put together a complete game,” Pooler said. “For the most part, our defense backed up our pitching, and we also got plenty of clutch hits when we needed them.”

MDI earned another win Saturday when it defeated Washington Academy 8-0 at Narraguagus High School in Harrington. The victory gave the Trojans a winning record for the first time this year at 5-4.

Pileggi, who struck out four batters, allowed just three hits and didn’t issue a walk against Washington Academy. Porter Isaacs had three of MDI’s seven hits as the Trojans completed a regular season sweep of the Raiders.

MDI mustered just three hits Tuesday against Ellsworth (9-0) to fall to an 8-1 defeat. Beckwith, Corson and Keblinsky had singles for the Trojans.

MDI was scheduled to host Belfast (6-3) on Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans will face Foxcroft (4-4) in a rematch at 4:30 p.m. today, May 16, in Dover-Foxcroft before hosting Bucksport (5-4) at that time Tuesday, May 21.

Those games will provide the Trojans with plenty of opportunities to advance up the Class B North standings. Even with a young team, a home playoff game and shot at a postseason run are within reach for Pooler’s squad.

“The biggest thing for us is consistency,” Pooler said. “Our youth shows some nights, but we find a way to put it all together on other nights. The biggest is that, win or lose, our guys are coming ready to learn and improving day by day. When you do that, good things are going to happen.”

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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.

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