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BELFAST — Despite having preseason scrimmages with Brewer and John Bapst canceled the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans’ softball team is using the opportunities they have to hone their game by mixing it up and trying different tactics.The team did make the journey to Belfast on Saturday to play a doubleheader. One scrimmage was against Belfast High School, the other against Mount View high School.Trojans head coach Dennis Meehan is going deep on his bench to give all of his players and himself a sense of where they stand as the regular season approaches. The first game against Belfast was a good chance for MDI to experiment.The Trojans got settled in by the second game against the Mount View Mustangs, still rotating positions, but getting a better feel for the team dynamic.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe picture is becoming clearer for Coach Meehan as he assesses the lineup and how his players will stack up in various configurations. One of his main goals is to get younger players some turf time before the games start to count for real.Utilizing the heavy rotation as a learning tool, Coach Meehan wants his players to learn not by just seeing, but by doing, which he feel is working like a charm. “And they are doing too,” he said. “I saw a couple of sophomores make some great plays, which was kind of fun.”The last of the scrimmages are over and now things start to get down to the nitty gritty. The Trojans softball team won’t have it easy this season, but Coach Meehan likes they way they are shaping up for the season.“We have a tough schedule,” Coach Meehan said. “It is going to be competitive but I think we can compete.” For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio Latest Posts
SOUTH AFRICA innings Amla c Sharma b Bumrah 6 de Kock c Kohli b Bumrah 10 du Plessis b Chahal 38 van der Dussen b Chahal 22 Miller c & b Chahal 31 Duminy lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 3 Phehlukwayo stp. Dhoni b Chahal 34 Morris c Kohli b Kumar 42 Rabada not out 31Imran Tahir c Jadhav b Kumar 0Extras: (b-1, lb-3, w-6) 10Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 227Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-24, 3-78, 4-80, 5-89, 6-135, 7-158, 8-224, 9-227.Bowling: B. Kumar 10-0-44-2, J. Bumrah 10-1-35-2, H. Pandya 6-0-31-0, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-46-1, Y. Chahal 10-0-51- 4, K. Jadhav 4-0-16-0. INDIA innings (target: 228 runs from 50 overs) Dhawan c de Kock b Rabada 8 Sharma not out 122 Kohli (c) c †de Kock b Phehlukwayo 18 Rahul c du Plessis b Rabada 26MS Dhoni † c & b Morrisn 34 Pandya not outExtras: (lb-3, w-4) 7Total: (4wkts, 47.3 overs) 230Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-54, 3-139, 4-213. Bowling: Imran Tahir 10-0-58-0, K. Rabada 10-1-39-2, C. Morris 10-3-36-1, A. Phehlukwayo 8.3-0-40-1, T. Shamsi 9-0-54-0. SCOREBOARD SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – Opener Rohit Sharma scored a composed unbeaten century as India got their Cricket World Cup campaign off to a solid start with a six-wicket victory over a sloppy South African side at a vibrant Rose Bowl yesterday.After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Africa posted a below-par 227 for nine in their 50 overs as wily wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal returned figures of 4-51, following a superb opening burst from seamer Jasprit Bumrah (2-35).India were cautious in their reply and the game was in the balance when Virat Kohli (18) was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock with the score on 54 for two in the 16th over.But Rohit (122 not out from 144 balls) punished the South African bowlers after being dropped on one and scored his 23rd ODI century.He attacked South Africa’s leg-spinners Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi as India reached 230 for four from 47.3 overs, condemning the ailing Proteas to a third successive loss to leave their World Cup hopes in disarray.“There was something in it for the bowlers throughout and I could not play my natural game,” Sharma said at the post-match presentation.“I had to play close to my body and try and leave as many balls as possible. It was a small target, but we had to build partnerships as there was always something in it for the bowlers.“I had to play out the overs to make sure the job got done.”Rohit rode some early luck when he was dropped from a difficult chance by Faf du Plessis off the bowling of the unfortunate Kagiso Rabada (2-39).South Africa created opportunities in the field, but, as has been the case throughout the World Cup so far, were uncharacteristically sloppy.India were able to milk singles through the middle part of the innings, which held the run-rate steady and kept them on course for victory with few alarms.“It was important to start on the right note,” India captain Kohli said. “If you look at how the pitch played, it was challenging, so hats off to Rohit. It was a special innings.”Chahal had earlier restricted South Africa’s total with four wickets, continuing his excellent form against the Proteas in recent years.Seamer Bumrah found prodigious movement in both directions to remove openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) inside the first six overs.du Plessis (38) and Rassie van der Dussen (22) put on a patient 54 in 80 balls in a bid to rebuild the innings, but after the latter was bowled trying a reverse-sweep off Chahal, wickets fell at regular intervals.Chris Morris (42) and Rabada (31 not out) put on 66 for the eighth wicket to ensure the side posted a score that at least gave them a chance.“I thought India were magnificent on a tough pitch. They have spinners through the middle who always get wickets,” South Africa captain du Plessis said.“Rohit did what we didn’t do; he got a hundred and saw his team through.“It is a changing room that is hurting. We are trying to make sure we are still fighting, but we keep making mistakes.