BUCKSPORT — Faced with a tough road game to start the season, the Mount Desert Island High School baseball team fought until the end.
MDI fell to 0-1 on the season last Thursday when it lost 7-6 on the road against Bucksport. The defeat came in walk-off fashion as head coach Andy Pooler’s young squad fell just short against the experienced Golden Bucks in the final inning.
“For us — for a young group — to go in there and do what we did was a really great effort from our guys,” MDI head coach Andy Pooler said. “It was a good game from both teams, and we just ended up on the wrong side of it. That happens.”
The game was a back-and-forth affair with both MDI (0-1) and Bucksport (2-0) swapping leads before the Trojans took a 6-4 advantage into the bottom of the seventh. The Golden Bucks used patience at the plate and timely hitting to string together three runs and come away with the victory.
MDI starting pitcher Sam Mitchell allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits while striking out three batters in six innings of work. Junior Brady Renault allowed three runs and one hit in 1/3 inning for the Trojans.
At the plate, MDI finished with seven hits as Nick Corson, Brady Renault and Drew Shea had two base knocks apiece and Logan Beckwith added a single. Shea, Kyle Nicholson and Quentin Pileggi had one stolen base each for the Trojans.
The game was the first of any kind this season for MDI, which saw its entire preseason slate wiped out as a result of weather. With April snow dustings throughout much of the state and fields everywhere struggling to dry out after a long winter, the Trojans aren’t alone in that regard.
“It’s been hard for us and for every other team because, in the past, we’d be outside and preparing for games this time of year,” Pooler said. “This year, we’ve only played once and have already been back inside for a week after that. You just have to hope that things can clear up and we can get back out there as soon as we can.”
MDI was originally scheduled to play Hermon (3-0) on Tuesday, but rain postponed that contest to Wednesday. The Trojans are set to face Old Town (1-0) at 4:30 p.m. April 25, then face Caribou in a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday, April 27, and host Washington Academy at 4:30 Tuesday, April 30.
“It’ll be nice to have a stretch with games almost every day after not being able to play for so long,” Pooler said. “Wherever the fields are ready, we’ll go there and play.”