Softball falls to Hermon in nailbiter

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School softball team was in the lead for much of Tuesday’s home game against the visiting Hermon Hawks. But an over-the-fence home run late from the Hawks sparked a rally that gave the visitors a 5-4 win.

Senior pitcher Lindsey McEachern struck out 8 in the game, allowing three walks and one earned run. McEachern and Lily Cook led in batting, with three and two hits, respectively.

MDI 7 – Caribou 0

MDI’s bats came alive on Friday afternoon as the Trojans defeated Caribou by scores of 7-0 and 15-10 in an afternoon doubleheader. The victories brought the Trojans back to .500 after starting the 2019 season with defeats against strong Bucksport and Old Town teams.

“We needed these wins to get back into the Heal points a little bit,” head coach Jamey Lewis said. “We hit the ball really well up there. It was a team effort, and everyone did their part.”

McEachern led the Trojans in the first game of the doubleheader with a complete-game shutout. McEachern struck out 14 batters and allowed just one walk and five hits as MDI got in the win column.

At the plate, McEachern smacked two base hits and recorded two stolen bases in the Game 1 victory. Emily York led MDI with three hits, and Ruby Brown, Zalie Garcia, Olivia Gray and Hannah Hanscom added singles for the Trojans.

MDI 15 – Caribou 10

In Game 2, McEachern and York led the team at the plate again with three hits apiece. The Trojans (2-2) totaled 16 hits as a team to win the slugfest and earn the doubleheader sweep.

“Emily and Lindsey were really driving the ball for us,” Lewis said. “The wind was blowing in on them a bit, but they really hit the ball hard and had solid at-bats all day.”

The wins followed MDI’s home opener one day earlier against Old Town, which defeated the Trojans 6-2. McEachern struck out nine batters in the loss and had two hits at the plate for MDI, which got doubles from York and Mackenzie Dyer and a single from Cook.

Lewis said MDI performed much better in last week’s contests than it did in its 8-1 loss to Bucksport to start the season. The Trojans struck out 18 times against the Golden Bucks and recorded just one base hit.

The Trojans will have rematches against both Bucksport and Old Town later on this season. Despite the defeats, the team is confident it about its chances when it takes on the Coyotes on the road next week and hosts the Golden Bucks on May 21.

“Bucksport and Old Town are tough because they don’t beat themselves and make mistakes,” Lewis said. “We know we made too many mistakes against Bucksport, and Old Town was a lot closer than the scoreboard said. We know we can beat both those teams if we play solid ball.”

MDI was scheduled to host Washington Academy (2-1) on Wednesday. The team’s next game will be on the road against Old Town (2-2) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7.

“Getting the wins [against Caribou] was a big step,” Lewis said. “Now we need to go out and get some more.”


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