Post 86 of the American Legion is making a fresh effort to forge tighter bonds with the 19-and-under baseball team it has sponsored for decades.

To demonstrate this, Vice Commander Bill Glass threw the first pitch at the Post 86 senior baseball team’s June 22 game against the Darien/New Canaan combined squad at Wilton High’s varsity field.

“Our relationship has basically been, up until now, one in name only,” Glass said at the field Wednesday.

“They wear the uniform with ‘Post 86,’ and we are peripherally aware that they are a team here in town, but a couple of years ago, when I took over as the liaison to the team, we decided as a post to get closer to the players through interactions such as this,” Glass said.

Glass said throwing a ceremonial first pitch at one of the team’s home games would be a good way to give new life to the relationship between team and sponsor.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to the honor,” Glass said right before the game. “I hope the pitch hits the mark, both in terms of the throw, and also in terms of getting our relationship off to a really good start, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

Glass’ pitch hit its mark, right down the middle of home plate.

A color guard comprised of Legion members Tom Moore and Alex Ruskewich also attended the game, and stood at attention while the National Anthem was played.

“The Legion is very proud to be a part of this group, and we’re also very anxious to see our relationship expand this season and beyond as we continue to bring our members closer to the team, and hopefully the team closer to our post,” Glass said.