BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity baseball team was 0-2 in a double header Saturday against the visiting Foxcroft Academy Ponies.
Riley Swanson batted in the Trojans’ first two runs, one in the first and one in the third. Foxcroft led 3-2 after the fourth.
Junior Seth Young pitched the first five innings, allowing five hits. He was relieved by Seth Clark and Matt Perconti. The Ponies zoomed ahead with six runs in the sixth for a 9-2 lead. MDI answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, from Dylan Collin, Cordell Soper and Ezra Johnston, for the final score of 9-5.
MDI out-hit Foxcroft 9-7 in the game. “It came down to our walks,” Coach Mike Swanson said. “We walked three batters in a row in the sixth inning.”
Foxcroft 8 – MDI 2
In the second game, the Trojans got on the board when Thomas Paola was batted in by Soper in the second inning. In the third, Nick Stanley walked, advanced to third on a Jacob Mitchell double and came in on a passed ball before Young struck out for the final out.
MDI led 2-1 until the fifth, when the Ponies had six runs on four hits. Sandy Henggeler doubled in the sixth but was left on base. Collin pitched five innings for MDI and Swanson was the closer. Foxcroft won with a final score of 8-2.
“Both games, we hit up and down the lineup better than we have in the past,” the coach said. “We did some good plays today, but in key situations, we couldn’t seem to get the big out.”
GSA 9 – MDI 4
At the league opener last Thursday at George Stevens, Paola pitched, and Soper was catcher. The Eagles’ pitcher held MDI to one hit in the first two innings while GSA got their first run in the second inning. Johnson led off batting for MDI at the top of the third. He, Jack Sasner and Stanley Grierson notched runs for a 3-1 Trojan lead. GSA had one run in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull comfortably ahead 8-3. Each team added one more run in the sixth for a final score of 9-4.
MDI is set to host Presque Isle for another double header this Saturday after a Thursday matchup with Ellsworth.