BLUE HILL — Righthander Nolan Hall handcuffed the George Stevens Academy Eagles, striking out 11 and giving up just four hits as he pitched the Mount Desert Island Trojans to a season-opening 1-0 win on Thursday, April 23.
Hall outdueled righthander Peter Dickinson, who also pitched superbly for GSA, striking out 13, walking three and allowing just three hits in his six-inning outing.
Early on, Dickinson was almost invincible, mixing a fast ball and curve ball to great effect and striking out seven of the first nine batters he faced.
GSA mounted a threat in the second inning as Justin McGraw had a leadoff single and went to second on a one-out single by Cameron Lawson.
But Hall then got Tommy Crowe to bounce into a force play at third and struck out Sam Eley to leave two GSA runners stranded.
MDI freshman Caleb MacDonald may have saved a run in the fourth inning when he made a diving catch of a line drive by Lawson with a GSA runner at second base.
Dickinson pitched out of a jam of his own making in the fifth inning.
He walked Chris Gridley, got Ian Hodgdon to foul out, then walked MacDonald.
After striking out Gordon Falt, Dickinson then walked Hall to load the bases before striking out Sam Stewart to end the threat.
The only run of the game came after Dickinson walked Dennis O’Neil with one out in the sixth inning.
O’Neil went to second on a passed ball and scored when Young rifled a bouncer down the third base line.
With Young at second, a bunt by Gridley went for a single when Dickinson fielded the ball near the first base line but couldn’t make the tag as Gridley raced past him.
But Young then was picked off third and tagged by Dickinson in a rundown and Hodgdon struck out to end the inning.
But for GSA, the damage was done.
The Eagles were retired in order in the final two at-bats and the Trojans escaped with the 1-0 win.