Depth and talent mix for Eagles’ baseball success

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GSA third baseman Jacob Keenan gets ready to make a play in the infield. Photo by Monique Labbe

BLUE HILL—The George Stevens Academy baseball team’s seven-game winning streak was brought to an end Monday, May 9, in a 4-9 loss to Mattanawcook. Despite that loss, the Eagles are 8-1 and the second-ranked team in Class C North behind the Houlton Shiretowners.

With only one loss on the season so far, the team has proven itself a competitor for a run at the state finals in June, something head coach Dan Kane says has much to do with the depth of his squad.

“I am able to make offensive and defensive substitutions and still maintain a high level of play,” said Kane.

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GSA third baseman Jacob Keenan attempts to take out a Bucksport runner at third base. Photo by Monique Labbe

That ability, he said, is important during weeks consisting of two or three games, some times back-to-back.

“Last week we had games against three playoff-caliber opponents on three consecutive days and won all three games,” he said.

The first of those consecutive games was a home contest against fifth-seeded Bucksport. The team got on the board early with runs in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead before driving in two more runs in the fourth.

The GSA defense dug in behind pitcher Stefan Simmons, allowing only four hits without any runs scoring.

Taylor Schildroth recorded three singles on the game, while Beckett Slayton contributed two singles to lead the Eagles to the 4-0 victory.

Kane said that both the upperclassmen and underclassmen produce a “solid mix” of talent, and that the pitching has been “very consistent.”

“[We’ve been] throwing a high percentage of strikes, and the team defense has been solid,” he said.

The Eagles have also produced during the offensive parts of the game, running the bases well and getting hits at timely parts of an inning.

“The team is playing very well together and we have more depth at key positions than our competitors,” said Kane.

The team still has games against Washington Academy, Orono, Ellsworth and Bucksport, among others, before concluding its regular season June 1 at home against Mattanawcook.

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