Members of the JV boys’ baseball team pose for a team photo. The team started out at 1-5 before winning 10 of the last 12 games of the season. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

JV baseball shows impressive growth

BAR HARBOR — It was a season of highs and lows for the Mount Desert Island High School junior varsity baseball team. The team finished with a record of 11-7 after starting out just 1-5.

Coach Brent Barker said it took his players some time to adjust to new positions. “We had a lot of kids who got to play bigger roles and got to play a lot of different spots.”

Although the team had a slow start, it continued to improve throughout the season. It won 10 of the last 12 games, including a seven-game streak to end the year. Barker cited an early game against Bangor as the turning point to the season.

“We went to Mansfield and lost 9-4, but we battled and battled the whole time. We started believing we could play with people, and team chemistry started getting better, with people rooting for each other. After that, we started hitting the ball and playing good fundamental baseball.”

Junior varsity team members included freshmen Austin Lunt, Stanley Grierson, Anthony Lawson, Andrew Kennedy, Emmitt Smith and Alden Fournier; sophomores John Norwood, Alex Galeaz and Mac Shea; and juniors Nick Soper, Jacob Forrest, Brendan Sprague, Dylan Harris and Geoffrey Hanscom.

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