Alden Fournier of Mount Desert Island High School slides into third base in a scrimmage against Fort Kent High School on Saturday, April 16. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Trojans sack Fort Kent, gear up for the season

BAR HARBOR The varsity baseball team of Mount Desert Island High School ended their preseason at 3-1 after the young team took down the Fort Kent squad 10-0 and 15-1 in a double header at home on Saturday afternoon.

Senior captain Dylan Collins pitched the first three innings in the first game, and Geoffrey Hanscom, Alden Fournier and Jacob Mitchell got time on the mound in the next.

Trojan pitchers struck out 17 batters in the double header and walked two.

The batting rotation for the Trojans was led by Ezra Johnson, Nick Stanley and Stanley Grierson, who scored 14 runs themselves in the two games.

“The top of the order is really doing a lot of good things,” Coach Mike Swanson said. “We threw strikes well, and we threw the ball well and are way ahead of last year offensively and in our infield play.”

The younger pitchers on the team who haven’t had much experience on the field are “putting the ball in play,” but are also “making some errors and walking guys.”

Although the team’s defense in the outfield has improved over the course of the preseason, according to Swanson, it is still their “biggest weakness.” “There has been some misjudgment on fly balls, so we have to work on our outfield.”

MDI 12 – GSA 4

The Trojans hosted George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill on Thursday, April 14, and notched a 12-4 victory over the Eagles.

Seth Young pitched three innings for MDI. Riley Swanson and Matt Perconti each pitched in two.

Johnson had four runs among the batters, and Swanson notched two hits and drove in three.

MDI 7 – WA 2

In a home game on Wednesday, April 13, the Trojan squad took down Washington Academy 7-2. Grierson led the batting rotation and had two hits.

Mitchell managed a triple, and Swanson drove in two runs for MDI.

Collins pitched three innings, while Hanscom and Seth Clark each pitched two.

“We rotated all our pitchers,” said Swanson. “Our pitching is going good right now, and the kids are getting along. They pull for each other and are playing hard. They’re a great group to coach.”

The Trojans are set to play against Bucksport High School on the road for their season opener today, Thursday, at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, they host Foxcroft Academy at noon.

“When the season begins, we will be better and the stakes will be magnified against those teams,” said Swanson. “We’re looking forward to that and the kids are excited. They like the challenge and are good athletes.”

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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