ORONO — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity baseball team began its preseason with a scrimmage game against Orono High School at the University of Maine on Saturday, April 9.
Even though the Trojans fell 5-3 to the Red Riots, according to Coach Mike Swanson, “it was a really good experience for the kids.”
During the six innings dominated by strike outs and walks, both MDI and Orono had an equal number of hits. The Trojan squad struggled to throw strikes, walked 12 players and struck out 14.
The Red Riots walked five players and struck out 14 as well.
“It was pretty even. We didn’t make any errors on the field, we played pretty well,” Swanson added. “Kids got to bat against live pitching, and I was pleased with that. It was a lot of fun being up there.”
According to Swanson, the pitchers need practice in throwing “off the mound” among other aspects of the game.
Due to the cold weather and unfavorable field conditions in the past weeks, the MDI squad hasn’t been able move their practice sessions out of the gym.
“We really need to get outside to work on our cut-offs and first and third. It is hard to replicate it inside the gym,” Swanson said.
“In the preseason, the pitchers should be ahead of the hitters because you can throw all you want and work on speed, but with the hitters, you need a lot of repetition. So we’re going to keep working on that,” he said. “We just need to throw strikes.”
MDI was set to go up against Washington Academy on Wednesday, April 13, for a scrimmage game and is set to host George Stevens Academy on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. and Fort Kent on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m.