The First 1-3 through four diamond contests
The First, the Rockland-based American Legion baseball team, began its regular season and has four games under its belt.
The First is 1-3 as it bested host Madison 4-2 on Thursday, June 19 and lost 8-5 to visiting Gardiner on Tuesday, June 17. They then went on and lost a doubleheader to Messalonskee Saturday, June 21, falling 7-4 in game one and 5-4 in game two at Colby College.
The First has one more game on the road before returning to Morrill Field on Thomaston Street in Rockland on Saturday, June 28 for a doubleheader with Augusta.
The Midcoast squad has a 15-game regular-season slated, with the postseason tentatively set to begin on Thursday, July 17.
The following is a recap of recently-reported results:
Messalonskee 7, The First 5
At Colby College June 21, The First dropped the first of two games against Messalonskee.
Nick Mazurek went 5 1/3 innings on the hill and allowed nine hits, while striking out four. Ryan Allender went the rest of the way in relief.
Mazurek (single, double, 3 RBIs), Zac Roman (2 singles, run) and Joe Chamberlain (2 runs) paced The First at the plate.
Messalonskee 5, The First 4
At Colby College June 21, The First were nipped by one run against Messalonskee in the second of the day's two contests.
Connor Graffam went the distance on the hill for The First, allowing six hits while striking out three.
Mazurek (home run), Drew Townsend (2 singles) and Chamberlain (double, single) paced The First at the plate.
The First 4, Madison 2
At Madison June 19, The First earned its first win as it doubled up host Madison.
Chandler Crans pitched for The First and went 6 1/3 innings, as he allowed eight hits and two walks, while fanning nine batters. Mazurek then went the final 2/3 of an inning to record the save.
Graffam (home run), Mazurek (home run), Roman (2 singles, run) and Michael Wolff (run) paced The First at the plate.
Gardinder 8, The First 5
At Rockand June 17, the visitors spoiled The First's home opener as the hosts fell by three runs.
Allender pitched for The First and surrendered eight runs in six innings of work, while Andrew Hall tossed a scoreless seventh frame.
Roman (2 singles, run) and Chamberlain (2 runs) paced the hosts at the plate.