Bucksport’s Alexis Wardwell makes contact during a high school softball game against Sumner on April 23 at Bucksport High School. The Golden Bucks defeated Orono and Sumner last week to start the season 2-0. RICK MCHALE PHOTO

Bucksport, MDI softball start 2-0 ahead of midweek matchup



BUCKSPORT — Two Hancock County softball squads are set to meet in a matchup of 2-0 teams this week after posting a pair of victories to begin their respective seasons.

Bucksport breezed to a pair of easy wins in last week’s contests against Orono and Sumner. In Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island opened the season Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Presque Isle as one MDI pitcher threw a gem in the opening game.

Last Wednesday, Bucksport began the season with a 13-1 victory against Orono at Orono High School. The Golden Bucks scored three runs in the third inning, four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to claim a mercy-rule win in their opening contest.

The Golden Bucks won even more decisively Friday as they claimed a 17-0 win over Sumner in their home opener. Allie Pickering hit a grand slam for Bucksport, which got a shutout effort from Madison Frazier in the circle to cruise to another dominant victory.

On Saturday, MDI claimed a 6-1 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader against Presque Isle. Pitcher Addy Boyce had a varsity debut to remember as she threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just one walk allowed, and Mollie Gray added a home run in her first high school at-bat for the Trojans with a towering blast to left-center in the second inning.

The second game between the Trojans and Wildcats was a higher-scoring affair as MDI outlasted the visitors 14-13 to cement the doubleheader sweep. Leah Carroll hit a home run for the Trojans, who held on for a tight victory over their Aroostook County foes after Presque Isle fought back from an 11-4 deficit to cut the home team’s lead to one run.

Bucksport and MDI are scheduled to meet one another at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at MDI High School. The game will be the only matchup this season between the Class C Golden Bucks and the Class B Trojans.

Bucksport will play an upcoming road game against Belfast at 4 p.m. Friday, April 30. The Golden Bucks will then play home games against Central at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and Ellsworth at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.

MDI will begin a three-game road stand when it faces Old Town at noon Saturday. The Trojans will then take on Brewer at 4:30 p.m. next Monday, May 3 and George Stevens Academy at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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