Lynx Eliminate Trojans



BAR HARBOR — A brief lapse in attention came back to haunt the Mount Desert Island High School baseball team in their playoff match-up against the Mattanawcook Academy (MA) Lynx Tuesday. The Lynx took the win 2-1 in a defensive battle.

 

 

Robbie Logue of the Mount Desert Island Trojans fouls off a bunt attempt.—JEFF WALLS
Robbie Logue of the Mount Desert Island Trojans fouls off a bunt attempt.—JEFF WALLS

BAR HARBOR — A brief lapse in attention came back to haunt the Mount Desert Island High School baseball team in their playoff match-up against the Mattanawcook Academy (MA) Lynx Tuesday. The Lynx took the win 2-1 in a defensive battle.

A single by MA’s Ivan Vosine in the fourth inning turned into the first run of the game after a Trojan error on a shot from Lynx Tyler Tash opened the door.

“We had our chances. We made that one error, it was the only error we made, and they took advantage of it,” Trojans head coach Mike Swanson said. “Vosine is a good hitter.”

In the sixth inning the Lynx tacked on another run due to a double from Vosine, who drove in Stefano Botterelli, bringing the score to 2-0.

This time the Trojans had an answer. A wild pitch from the Lynx’s Tash, moved the Trojan runners around the bases, allowing a run to score before the execution of a second-to-first double play.

MDI made a charge in the bottom of the seventh with Devin Young on base. Dennis O’Neal stepped to the plate with two outs and on a 2-2 count drove a shot deep to left field. Roughly three feet short of the fence, Lynx leftfielder Donnie Russell hauled in the shot to end the game.

“If Denny had hit that last ball just a quarter inch more square that thing would have been out of here,” Coach Swanson said.

MDI pitcher O’Neil and Lynx pitcher Tash both had 11 strikeouts.

“Dennis pitched today the way he pitched last year when he shut out Old Town. We just couldn’t get a good hit to get runners home. We didn’t strike out as much as last time. Tash is good,” Coach Swanson said. “He has beaten us three times. We got six runs off of them up there.”

For the Lynx, Vosine had a double and a single. Russell had a single.

MDI was led by Nick Shaw getting two singles. K.J. Bailey and Gordon Falt had a single apiece.

“We did a lot of good things. We made some good plays. A lot of the games we have lost, we haven’t stopped the bleeding,” said Coach Swanson. “Today we did. Earlier in the season we would make one mistake, then make another and it would get out of control.”

The Trojans had higher goals for the season but they still made great strides according to Coach Swanson. “We wanted to get further in the playoffs. Unfortunately, that is how it happens sometimes,” Coach Swanson said. “The kids improved a lot. We had a lot of young kids. We got some great leadership from our captains and our seniors.”

The team is ready to reload for next year with a predominantly underclass squad.

“We are only losing three senior so we are still young. We will be in good shape. The biggest thing we need too improve on next year is consistency with our defense. We have lapses when the defense lets us down,” Coach Swanson said. “Then the pitcher has to throw more pitches and the pitch count gets up. Also, lots of games where we won we knew our strike zone. I look back at the games we lost and when we get down we start trying to do too much and our strike zone expands and we start swinging at pitches that are way outside the zone.”

Recently, while Coach Swanson was out tending to some health issues, his assistant coaching staff and MDI High School Athletic Administrator Bunky Dow covered for him. “I want to thank Mr. Dow for sitting in for me while I was out,” Coach Swanson said. “It has really worked out great with Andy (Pooler) and Greg (Linscott) helping me out this year also.”

Though the postseason bid has ended for the Trojans, that doesn’t mean they won’t be walking away with some hardware. The Maine Principals Association has awarded the Trojans the Class B East Sportsmanship award for the 2009-2010 season.

“The kids have been exemplary student-athletes. It may not seem like much to them now, but it is a big deal for them as they go forward in life for doing the right thing,” Coach Swanson said. “I don’t think the baseball team has ever won it before. So that speaks volumes of the kids, the parents, and what we are trying to accomplish here.”

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