Lady Trojans’ Bats Are Hot



BAR HARBOR — Two scrimmages into the year and the Mount Desert Island High School softball players are setting a tempo that will serve them well if they continue it into the regular season.

Mount Desert Island High School’s Abbie Burton lets one go over the top of the strike zone in the Trojans game against the Washington Academy Raiders on April 10 at MDI High School.—JEFF WALLS
Mount Desert Island High School’s Abbie Burton lets one go over the top of the strike zone in the Trojans game against the Washington Academy Raiders on April 10 at MDI High School.—JEFF WALLS

BAR HARBOR — Two scrimmages into the year and the Mount Desert Island High School softball players are setting a tempo that will serve them well if they continue it into the regular season.

On Saturday the Trojans beat Washington Academy 15-4. The fourth and fifth innings proved to be the backbreaker for the Raiders. The Trojans batted through their lineup and drove in six runs in the fourth. They repeated the accomplishment again in the following inning except they drove in seven runs.

Emily Walton and Brigitte Pratt hit two singles each. Taylor Walls and Heather Basely hit a double apiece.

The Trojans also took Sumner to task on Monday in Sullivan, winning by a score of 17-3.

Trojan head coach Bruce Walls is seeing improvement in the short time he has worked with the group. “They hit the ball well and ran the bases really well. It was a good group effort,” Coach Walls said. “We made a couple of mental errors but we didn’t have any real physical mistakes. We made some good outs.”

Defensively the team has good coverage all around. “The pitchers are doing a really good job. They are throwing a lot of strikes and not allowing a lot of people on base,” said Coach Walls. “The infield and outfield have been playing really well also.”

Hot bats and aggressive base running are what is impressing Coach Walls the most at this point. “We are hitting the ball really well and stealing a lot of bases,” Coach Walls said. “I think that is going to be our strong point. When we get kids on base we are moving them trying to get them in position to score.”

When a team can move players efficiently around the bases, explosive scoring can result. “We were putting two or three runs per inning on the board. Then we had one inning where we put seven runs up,” said Coach Walls. “We really put it together in the middle.”

So far the team is gelling well. “They are getting some confidence now. We are putting pressure on teams with our base running,” said Coach Walls. “We haven’t played Old Town or any teams like that yet though.”

Coach Walls feels as though there are some situational scenarios that the team needs to improve on. “It doesn’t always come natural to them but they are talking to each other. They are getting pumped up,” Coach Walls said.

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