GSA baseball team holds steady at undefeated

sports; GSA; ball; Central; schildroth; 051817; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; baseball; game; high school; school; sport; team Taylor Schildroth waits for the right pitch in a mid-season game against Central. Photo by Anne Berleant

Taylor Schildroth waits for the right pitch in a mid-season game against Central. Photo by Anne Berleant

BLUE HILL—Rain and poor field conditions have wreaked havoc on this year’s baseball season, but George Stevens Academy, the defending Class C Regional Championship team, has weathered the storm to the tune of an undefeated record halfway through the season.

Head coach Dan Kane said the season has been going well so far in terms of wins and losses, and that the team has adapted to the changes in the schedule.

“The games have been very spread out due to the poor weather,” said Kane. “Pitchers have not been able to get enough work due to longer than normal breaks in games.”

sports; GSA; ball; Central; marshal; lebel; 051817; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; baseball; game; high school; school; sport; team Marshal Lebel steals towards home in a mid-season game against Central. Photo by Anne Berleant

Marshal Lebel steals towards home in a mid-season game against Central. Photo by Anne Berleant

In Maine, high school pitchers require a day’s rest after throwing 20 pitches, and two days if throwing 40 to 65 pitches. A pitcher is only allowed to throw 110 pitches in a given outing, which requires a four-day break between appearances.

Kane said he is confident that his pitchers will be able to take on the increased number of games per week moving into the second half of the season.

“I am fortunate to have six varsity level pitchers,” he said.

Kane is hoping his team will be able to play a more consistent schedule during the remainder of the season and “continue to improve daily.”

The team has remaining home games against Ellsworth (May 18), Dexter (May 20) and Deer Isle-Stonington (May 24). The Ellsworth and DISHS games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. start times, while the Dexter game is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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