A roller coaster regular season was about to come to a close this week, but the job isn’t done for New Milford’s American Legion Post 31 baseball team.

Coach Paul Iverson’s 9-16 squad was expected to complete its busy 2015 summer campaign with games Tuesday in Danbury and Wednesday in Monroe.

The New Milford owned a 9-16 record while competing in what Iverson termed a “very strong” Zone 5.

Next on the Post 31 calendar will be the inaugural “America’s Heroes” baseball tournament. New Milford’s first game will be Tuesday, July 21. For details visit the Legion baseball website at www.hometeamsonline.com.

“We will be ready for the tournament,” said coach Iverson, “and look to win the inaugural event.”

Legion teams in Connecticut are trying to raise awareness and funds for a national American Legion program called Operation Comfort Warriors.

Each team will make a $100 contribution and home teams will pass the hat and hold 50/50 raffles. All proceeds will benefit American veterans.

Those wishing to donate are asked to email iverp@aol.com or call 203-947-1927.

When Post 31 takes the field in the tournament it will be doing so on the heels of a season highlighted by a remarkable run of close games.

“This is a great group of young men,” said coach Iverson, “who never stop playing, play hard, play right, so it has been fun to be with them.”

He credited the versatile Cooper Knight and Jackson Olson with “great seasons.”

Matt Martinez, Ryan Fabich, Liam Merritt and Jack Titus enjoyed strong campaigns, and their coach added “all our players performed well, and the younger players really grew as the season progressed.”

Assistant coach Andy Sturm, who assumed the helm when coach Iverson was out of town during the stretch run, remarked about Post 31’s diamond progress.

“This team has come a long way,” he noted, “starting the year with many new players to the league and, with the intense schedule, the team has continued to fight.”

He praised the squad for posting three wins in a four-game stretch recently even while out of contenion for league or state laurels.

“Offensively, the team has been led by Jackson Olson,” coach Sturm said, “who always seems to be on base.”

He lauded Cooper Knight and Matt Martinez for being the mound anchors and Ryan Fabich, with help from Liam Merritt, for his play behind the plate.

During last weekend’s double victories over Prospect, Jack Titus and Jackson Olson hurled complete games, combining to limit the visitors to a single run.

Olson found time to rip eight hits in 11 at bats, Cooper Knight had four RBIs and Vinnie Pallisco added five hits.