June 17, 2018
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Shaw hurls second consecutive one-hitter as MDI blanks George Stevens Academy

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Mount Desert Island High School sophomore right-hander Hannah Shaw threw a steady dose of fastballs during her outing against George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill on Thursday.

Sometimes, when you throw as hard as she does, that’s all you need.

Shaw tossed her second straight one-hitter, striking out eight, walking two and hitting a batter, and Sierra Myrick went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs as the Trojans triumphed 12-0 in five innings.

Shaw allowed only one hit in a 14-strikeout, 4-2 win over Washington Academy of East Machias on Tuesday.

“I threw fastballs and a couple of change-ups today,” said Shaw. “I have a drop ball, but I didn’t throw it.

“I was working on my fastball to try to get the accuracy down. That’s the main part of this game. It’s not necessarily speed, it’s accuracy.”

Shaw threw 74 pitches, of which 41 were strikes.

The only hit off her was Kristen Snow’s double to left off a changeup to lead off the third inning.

“Hannah did a real good job today,” said Myrick, who reached on a bunt single in the first inning, singled in a pair of runs in the second and doubled to lead off the fourth inning.

“She’s a real good pitcher,” said GSA coach Chris Nile. “She threw a lot of strikes. I thought we had some good hacks but just couldn’t get on to [her fastball].”

MDI (2-0) gave Shaw the only run she was to need in the first inning when Abbie Burton drew a one-out walk off freshman right-hander Adreanna Simmons, reached second on Myrick’s bunt single and eventually scored on a throwing error.

The Trojans scored three more in the second.

Danika Kanu was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored when the throw to second skipped into center field and was misplayed in the outfield.

Singles by Kaitlin Orr and Shelby O’Neil and a hit batter set the stage for Myrick’s single into left-center.

“The pitch was a little on the inside [part of the plate],” said Myrick.

Four walks and a couple of wild pitches produced three third-inning runs, and the Trojans added three more in the fourth on Myrick’s lead-off double down the left field line, two errors, Molly Carroll’s single and Haley Littlefield’s two-run single.

Shelbi Candage came on to pitch the fifth for George Stevens Academy (0-2) and the Trojans were able to push across a pair of runs to end the game courtesy of the 12-run mercy rule.

The Trojans played errorless ball behind Shaw, and catcher O’Neil threw out two runners at the plate as she retrieved potential wild pitches and tossed to Shaw covering the plate.

“The key for us [offensively] was getting on base. That has been a weak spot,” said MDI coach Bruce Walls, whose team played several exhibition games before opening with the victory over Washington Academy. “We hadn’t been hitting the ball, so we weren’t getting baserunners. It has been a learning process.”

“We hadn’t been hitting very well lately, so this was a really good thing for us,” said Myrick.

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