Mount Desert Island High School sophomore Jaiden Scott practices fielding Monday during the first day of practice for the whole softball team. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Veteran softball squad gears up

BAR HARBOR — Baseball and softball teams across the state held their first full practices Monday, and the Mount Desert Island High School teams took to the gym along with them.

After a solid year in 2018, the Trojan softball team has all its key weapons back from last year’s run to the Class B North playoffs.

Coach Jamey Lewis’ squad will look largely similar to the way it did during last year’s 9-8 campaign. Although the loss of the team’s only senior from last season, all-Penobscot Valley Conference selection Maddie Thornton, leaves the Trojans without one of their top players from 2018, there is nothing but continuity elsewhere.

In the circle, Lindsey McEachern will look to improve on last year’s 1.55 ERA and 102 strikeouts. She was a second-team All-PVC player last season. Emily York, who went 4-0 last year with an ERA of just 0.64, will be the team’s No. 2 starter.

Offensively, McEachern also led the Trojans in hits last year while finishing as co-leader with teammate Maddie Neale in stolen bases (nine) and runs scored (17). Hannah Chamberlain, Mackenzie Dyer and Hannah Hanscom, each of whom hit .340 or better last year, are returning to lead a lineup that averaged nearly eight runs per game last year.

The Trojans will have to prove themselves if they want to make runs in the Class B North playoffs. They will be up against strong Foxcroft and Oceanside squads, and defending state champion Brewer.

Preseason play will begin when the team hosts Penobscot Valley at 4 p.m. April 8. The Trojans’ first regular season game will be played on the road against Bucksport at 4 p.m. April 18.

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