There was no going out on a limb in suggesting that the Bangor-based Coffee News Comrades Senior American Legion baseball team would be strong this summer.
There’s recent history to consider — the Comrades have won three of the last four American Legion state championships, fueled by a Bangor High School program that this spring extended its run of Class A state titles to a record five consecutive years.
Even more recent history added to the expectations.
When the Brewer Falcons American Legion program was unable to field a team this summer, veteran players from the 2018 Class B state champion Brewer High School baseball team were sent across the Penobscot River to join the Comrades.
It’s been a perfect union so far, with Bangor Coffee News comfortably atop the Zone 1 standings at 10-0 and the zone tournament little more than a week away at Husson University in Bangor.
But that undefeated record is just part of the story, according to Bangor Coffee News head coach Dave Morris.
These players, once rivals in many instances, now truly are Comrades on the diamond.
“The wins have been nice, but even better than that is that this is such a good team together,” said Morris, whose club was scheduled to visit the Trenton Acadians Tuesday evening. “They like each other, they rib each other and have fun with it. It’s been a really smooth transition.”
The team features most of the stalwarts from both high school state championship teams.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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