The American Legion baseball season kicked off last week for the Steamboat Petroleum Wildcatters from Waldo County and the squad already is five games into the season in games played through June 22.

The Wildcatters notched their first win of the campaign on Monday night at Searsport with a 9-7 win over Hampden after dropping the season’s first three contests.

The results from Tuesday’s game with visiting Penquis in Searsport were unavailable, but will be added later to this story.

This year’s Steamboat squad is coached by Bain Pollard and features players from Waldo County and the Fivetown area of Camden, Rockport, Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville.

The following is a recap of the first four games of the season for the Wildcatters:

At Searsport Monday, Steamboat earned their first win of the season with a 9-7 victory over Hampden.

Top hitters for Steamboat were Josiah Brazier (2 singles, double, 2 RBIs), Chris Hart (double, 2 RBIs), Derrick Bernosky (single, RBI), Evan Kingsbury (single), Dustin Howes (single) and Adam Heroux (single). Nolan Turner (3 singles), Alex Cust (2 singles), Tom Desjardins (3 singles) and Josh Tardiff (triple, 2 singles) led the way for Hampden.

Kingsbury and Bernosky combined to allow eight hits and two walks, while striking out four on the hill for Steamboat. Ryan Blake and Brandon Perry were among the pitchers for Hampden, allowing eight hits and nine walks, while fanning four.

Damien Benner also played his first Legion game and made two or three nice plays at shortstop, including a sensational play in the sixth inning, according to coach Pollard.

At Searsport June 19, Steamboat dropped both games of a doubleheader to visiting Lincoln, falling 16-14 in game one and 13-8 in game two. Lincoln scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning of game one with two outs in the inning to pull away from the Wildcatters.

In game one, top hitters for Steamboat were Brazier (double, single), Cody Raven (home run, 2 singles), Kingsbury (2 singles), Chris Hart (single, 3 RBIs), Bernosky (single), Cote Ward (single) and Tyler Prescott (single). For Lincoln, A.J. Harris (grand slam), Andy Kay (home run) and Lance Bernier (2 singles, two RBIs) paced the offense.

Steamboat pitchers Raven and Kingsbury combined to allow 12 hits and 10 walks, while striking out eight.

In game two, leading the offense for the hosts were Heroux (3 singles), Bernosky (2 singles), Rocky Faunce (single) and Tyler Prescott (single). Kay blasted three home runs and a double, while racking up eight RBIs to lead Lincoln.

Hart, Kaleb Cook and Prescott allowed 12 hits and three walks, while striking out six for Steamboat.

At Bangor June 17, Steamboat opened the season with a 9-4 loss to host Bangor.

Top hitters for the Wildcatters were Kingsbury (2 singles), Brazier (2 singles), Bernosky (single), Ward (single, RBI) and Raven (single, RBI). Bernosky, Raven and Ward combined to allow 10 hits and six walks, with three strikeouts.

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