By James Anderson

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy baseball team traveled to Cumberland, Maine, on Friday to open the season against Greely, the defending state champions. The Rangers rode a five-run fifth inning to top the boys from Fryeburg 9-2.

Dawson Jones took the bump for the Raiders in the opener but had a little control trouble early in the game and the hosts took advantage scoring a run in the first frame and tacking on to more in the second inning.

Coach Chris Kroski was optimistic about Dawson however, noting that he has not had much of an opportunity to throw off a mound because of the slow snow melt. He has a strong history of pitching well for Fryeburg, and will regain his form as he gets a few innings under his belt.

Jones worked into the fifth inning with sophomore Gabe Rogers coming on in relief to finish the contest.

Fryeburg platted a run in the top of the fourth inning to close to with 3-1, but the Rangers got hit run back in the bottom of the inning and then put up a five-spot in the fifth.

The Raiders, who were outhit 7-6 on the afternoon, closed out the scoring with a solo run in the top of the sixth inning.

The Raiders have many defenders in new positions, and it takes a little time before they will feel comfortable at their new spots. The good news is the boys are hard workers, and very supportive of one another.

Offensively the team had the atom ball going. Although they hit the ball hard it seemed to be right at a Greely defender. Only Bryce Micklon and Andrew Leach managed to get RBI’s for the Raiders, as they left multiple runners on base. Leach had two hits in the opener.

The Raiders should score runs in bunches when they start finding the holes, which will compliment their outstanding pitching and lead to victories.

After the Greeley game coach Kroski said, he “can’t wait for the next game.”

That will be next Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in Naples, Maine, against rival Lake Region (1-0). The Lakers will be a good test, as they always seem to be.

The first home game for the Raiders is scheduled for Friday, April 26, at 4 p.m., against Cape Elizabeth (0-1).

Lake Region beat Cape on the road 3-2 on Friday in the season-opener for both teams.

Why not plan on coming down to the field, to cheer the boys on.

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