BLUE HILL — The Trenton Acadians got their American Legion Zone 1 baseball season off to a strong start Sunday, rolling to a doubleheader win over Presque Isle.
Righthanders Andrew Hodge and Nolan Hall turned in strong performances on the mound for the Acadians, with each getting some late inning relief help from righthander John Carlin.
In the 6-3 first game win, the Acadians put together a three-run rally with two outs in the second inning.
Collin Ciomei was hit by a pitch, Calvin Tweedie reached on an error and Steve Zirnkilton singled to drive in Ciomei and leave runners at the corners.
Zirnkilton then went to second on a passed ball and Adam Kaspala walked.
Tweedie scored on another passed ball with Kaspala going to second, and Zirnkilton raced home when the throw to second went into the outfield.
The Acadians added three more runs in the fourth.
Peter Dickinson singled, went to second on a passed ball and Ciomei followed with a single, going to second on a throw to the plate to prevent Dickinson from scoring.
But moments later, Dickinson scored on yet another passed ball, and one out later, Zirnkilton drilled a two-run homer to right.
Presque Isle came up with three runs in the top of the fifth, all without benefit of a hit.
Two walks and an error loaded the bases, one run scored on a hit batter and two more came on fielder’s choice plays before the side was finally retired.
Hodge allowed just four Presque Isle hits in six innings and Carlin came on to strike out the side in the seventh.
The Acadians notched a 12-8 win in the second game as Presque Isle managed just three hits but took advantage of walks and some sloppy Trenton defensive play.
Dickinson put the Acadians in front in the first inning, drawing a walk, stealing second, going to third on an error and scoring on a passed ball.
Trenton added two more runs in the second.
Mike Crowley walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a bunt by Tweedie.
Then with two outs, Willy Clark singled, stole second and third and scored when Presque Isle pitcher Matt Parsons was called for a balk.
Presque Isle knotted the score in the bottom of the inning on three walks, a pair of passed balls and a two-run double by Ted Wallar.
But the Acadians went back in front 6-3 in the third on a walk to Kaspala, an RBI double by Dickinson, a Presque Isle error and an RBI single by Tweedie.
Trenton tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a single by Clark, a sacrifice, a throwing error and an RBI double by Ciomei.
Presque Isle cut the lead to 8-7 in the fifth on a grand slam home run by Wallar.
The Acadians capped their scoring with four runs in the sixth inning.
Ebb Walton singled and Josh Jones reached on an error with Walton scoring.
One out later, Ciomei had a bad-hop single to drive in Jones, went to second on a groundout by Nick Saunders and scored on a single by Crowley.
Nate Hines then doubled to score Crowley with the final run of the inning.
Presque Isle added one more run in the seventh on a walk, a stolen base an error and a wild pitch.
Hall got the win for Trenton, allowing just three hits, with Carlin pitching two hitless innings of relief.
Mike Oles of The Ellsworth American contributed to this story.