Photo Courtesy Barry Gutradt

MDI Softball team enjoying early success

Photo Courtesy Barry Gutradt
Senior Shelby O’Neil of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team was safe at third base Saturday in a game against Belfast. The Lady Trojans won the game 3-2.

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team split a double header against Dirigo High School of Dixfield on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Trojans won the first game 12-4, and Dirigo came back to win the second game 12-7.

“We dug ourselves a hole early in the second one,” said MDI coach Bruce Walls. “We also brought in some of the kids who hadn’t played as much.”

Haley Littlefield was the starting pitcher for MDI, and Karlianne Wilson pitched the last two innings of the first game. The two pitchers traded off again in the second game.

MDI 3 – Belfast 2

The Lady Trojans were well matched with Belfast in Saturday’s home game. MDI logged one run in the third and one in the fourth, from Shelby O’Neil and Deandra Kanu, on Belfast errors. Belfast answered those runs for a 2-2 tie that persisted through the fifth and sixth innings.

In the top of the seventh, Molly Carroll and O’Neil each hit flyballs for the first two outs. Sierra Myrick hit a single and stole second. Katie Guarino got to first on a pass ball. Sophomore Avalon Kerley was up next, a lot of pressure with two outs and two runners on. She hit a single along the right field line, enough to bat in a run for Myrick and win the game for MDI.

Littlefield pitched 31 balls and 61 strikes in the game.

MDI 7 –WA 3

MDI pulled off a decisive win Friday against the visiting Washington Academy Raiders.

Each team got their first run in the first inning. In the bottom of the third, Myrick hit a double along the third base line, and Darcy Kanu hit a flyball that the short stop caught.

The pace picked up in the fourth. The Raiders added two more runs despite quick work by the Trojan defense, especially Guarino at first base. The score was Raiders 3, Trojans 1.

In the bottom of the fourth, Deandra Kanu walked, then stole second and third. She came home when Kerley walked. Anna Busker hit a single, moving Kerley to second. Next up was Littlefield. Busker and Kerley stole second and third during her at-bat. Littlefield bunted, driving in Kerley for the second run of the inning. O’Neil hit a groundball, giving Busker the chance to slide across the plate. MDI would get three more runs in the inning, some on pass balls and other errors, for a 7-3 lead.

The rest of the game was scoreless. Littlefield pitched the whole game for MDI. She had 25 balls, 76 strikes, and only one earned run against her. Adding to the defensive mix were catcher O’Neill, who had 8 put outs, first baseman Guarino, who had 6, and Ali Bierman at third, who had 4.

“We’ve been pretty aggressive on the base pads, and we’re hitting well,” said coach Bruce Walls. On defensive skills and strategy, “it takes time to sort it all out, but they are coming to the front and learning.”

The Lady Trojans host George Stevens Academy Thursday at 4:30 in their season opener. Away games are set for Saturday at Foxcroft Academy.

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Liz Graves

Liz Graves

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Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.
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