With temperatures in the 20's, a wind chill in the teens and lots of snow still on the ground, high school baseball and softball players all over the state gathered in warm gyms Monday for the first day of their week-long arm conditioning programs.

Actual tryouts and practices begin next Monday.

At Red Barry Gym in Bangor, the Rams began the road to a possible fifth straight Class A state championship. No school, regardless of class, has won five consecutive state titles.

The Rams open the season April 17th at Lewiston.

MPA: BASEBALL SEASON DATES

March 19, 2018 Pitcher / Catcher Conditioning (no limit on number)

March 26, 2018 First Practice

April 12, 2018 First Countable Game (after 3:00pm)

May 30, 2018 Last Countable Scheduled Game

June 5, 2018 Regional Prelim Games

June 7, 2018 Regional Quarter-Final Games

June 9, 2018 Regional Semi-Final Games

June 12-13, 2018 Regional Final Games (MPA site and responsibility)

June 16, 2018 State Championship Games