The First 5-6 after three games in three daysPostseason slated to begin in coming days
Rockland — The First, a Rockland-based American Legion baseball team, continued its up-and-down season with three games in three days.
The First is 5-6 on the season after losing at Gardiner on Wednesday, July 9 (score unavailable).
Prior to that, The First picked up a 3-1 win over Gardiner on Tuesday, July 8, after falling to Madison 10-4 on Monday, July 7 in a pair of home games at Morrill Field on Thomaston Street.
Information on the team's loss to Gardiner is unavailable, but will be added later to this story if it becomes available.
The Zone 2 standings following play July 9 included: RTD (Madison) 9-4, Franklin County 6-3, The First 5-6, The Red Barn (Augusta) 5-6, Post 51 (Messalonskee) 4-7 and Gardiner 4-7.
The First has four games remaining in the regular season as it travels to Farmington to play Franklin County on Thursday, July 10 and then hosts the same team in a doubleheader on Saturday, July 12 at Morrill Field in Rockland. The team wraps the regular season on Monday, July 14 at Madison against RTD.
The playoffs swing in on Thursday, July 17 and will feature a pair of play-in games as the third seed will host the sixth seed and the fourth will host the fifth. The winner of those games will advance to the four-team Zone 2 playoffs — along with the top two seeds — to be played July 19-21.
The winner of the Zone 2 playoffs will advance to the state tournament.
In The First's win over Gardiner July 8, starting pitcher Caleb Jacob allowed three hits over five innings, while Ryan Allender recorded the save. Allender, Ben Rollins and Joe Chamberlain singled for the hosts, who scored two runs early in the game after a batter struck out and the Gardiner catcher overthrew to first base in an attempt to throw out the runner after a passed ball.
Those runs proved the difference in an otherwise close game. Zac Roman also had an impressive diving catch in left field for The First.
In The First's loss to Madison July 7, Roman rapped three hits, while Allender and Connor Graffam each had two hits.
The First has four more regular-season games before the playoffs begin Thursday, July 17. The First has road games at Franklin County and Madison, along with a doubleheader against Franklin County. The doubleheader was slated to be played July 5, but was rained out.
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