BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School Trojans hosted the team from Stearns in Millinocket Saturday afternoon and won handily by a score of 9-2. Junior starting pitcher Tom Paola allowed only two runs on five hits in his six innings. He struck out six batters.
MDI got two runs on the board in the first inning before the first out. Phelps was able to run on a fielding error, Riley Swanson hit a single and Paola batted in Phelps on another Stearns error. Steven Hanscom’s single brought in Swanson.
Stearns notched its first scoring play in the second. The first batter hit a triple. Paola made him wait at third while he struck out the next two batters, but the one after that drove in the run with a single. The score was 3-1 MDI after two innings.
The third and the fourth were quiet, quick pitcher’s battles, with one more run from Phelps for a 4-1 lead. In the top of the fifth, Stearns added one run, bringing the score to 4-2.
MDI added five runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth. Phelps singled and stole second. Swanson and Paola each hit a fly ball that the outfielders missed. Hanscom delivered a two-run single, a hard line drive to center field, driving in Swanson and Paola. Cordell Soper struck out and Seth Young hit a single before Dylan Carroll hit a two-run single up the middle to left field, bringing in Hanscom and Young for a 9-2 Trojan lead.
The teams played through eight innings since it was a practice game, and MDI added two runs in the extra time. Ryan Littlefield took over on the mound and struck out seven batters.
MDI 2 – WA 1
MDI beat Washington Academy, a Class C school, on the afternoon of April 18, at home. Jon Phelps was the starting pitcher and pitched three innings. Hanscom pitched three innings, and Young pitched one. Between them, they allowed one run on five hits, and only one walk in the game.
The game was scoreless for MDI for the first five innings. In the sixth, Ryan Littlefield had a two-out single to drive in Paola and Sandy Henggeler.
Coach Mike Swanson has been pleased, especially with the MDI pitching. He warned, though, that “pitchers are going to be ahead of the hitters for all the teams. When we start playing in our league, we can’t have mental errors on the bases.”
On defense, the coaches continue to experiment with different configurations on the field. “We’re moving guys around to find out what’s going to be best,” Swanson said.
Overall, he said, “It’s going to come down to a struggle for scoring runs.”
The season opener is set for April 24 at home against George Stevens Academy at 4:30 p.m. The team plans to play Saturday at Foxcroft Academy.
Facing off against Bangor on Monday at Mansfield Stadium, the Trojans logged their first loss of the year. Bangor is among the top teams in Class A. It scored 11 runs on 10 hits and made no fielding errors.
For MDI, Jon Phelps hit a single in the fourth inning, the team’s first hit after nine strikeouts. He stole second and third, but couldn’t score. In the fifth, Seth Young hit a double and was driven home on an Andrew Davis single.