BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School baseball players began tryouts and practice this week. “We’re probably not going to have to make cuts,” varsity Coach Mike Swanson said, “so we can jump right in and start instructing.”
There’s a lot they can work on inside the gym, especially fielding technique, he said.
Last year’s team had a 9-7 regular season record. They fell to the Camden Hills Windjammers 3-2 in the playoff quarterfinals.
“It all starts on the mound for us,” Swanson said. Pitchers and catchers began work last week. The pitching roster begins with senior Thomas Paola and includes veterans Seth Young and Dylan Collin. “Collin won’t get many chances to pitch, though,” Swanson said, “because he’s the best catcher in the league.”
Newer pitchers this year include Matt Perconti, Jacob Mitchell, Riley Swanson, Seth Clark and Alex Galeaz.
Positions still to be filled are second base and shortstop. “That zone up the middle is important,” Swanson said.
Senior Jack Sasner, who had the best batting average on the team last year, is likely to play in the outfield.
This year’s combined squad includes nine freshmen. “We have a good mixture of all four classes,” Swanson said. “We lost five seniors and have seven returning veterans.”
If field conditions permit, preseason games are possible April 13 at Washington Academy, April 14 at home vs. Bucksport and April 16 vs. Oceanside.