UNION COUNTY — It will be “Baseball of Old” for the Union American Legion Post 22 2017 Baseball Season.
In a statement released Friday, Union American Legion Post 22 announced its plans for the upcoming season which will get under way with tryouts on Saturday, May, 13.
The press states that “this year’s Post American Legion Baseball will be ‘Baseball of Old.’ Games will begin with the traditional opening ceremony with players and coaches gathering at home plate lined up on the first and third base lines. Teams will receive a welcome from a Post 22 representative followed by a prayer and reciting of The Code of Sportsmanship, and the singing of the National Anthem by one our local talents. We will also recognize and honor our local Veterans, Wounded Warriors (Purple Heart recipients), and former American Legion ballplayers and have one of them throw out the first pitch at each game. Games will be announced from the booth and play by play by former American Legion announcer Mr. Steve Ramsey.”
Seventh Inning Stretch
Another defining feature of the new season will be the “Seventh Inning Stretch” which Post 22 will sponsor together with local businesses and individuals.
The press release states that the Seventh Inning Stretch will feature singing, including some sing-a-longs; special recognitions; and giveaways “that will enhance everyone’s park experience, especially children.”
The press release further states that “American Legion Post 22 baseball would not be possible without the support of the many individuals who have attended the Post 22 fundraising events. The Low County Boil, Fish Fry, TV give-a-way, Shotgun give-a-way, Veterans Day dinner and Silent Auction, and others have allowed the Post to provide the resources for American Legion Post 22 baseball. The Post thanks each and every one who have contributed to Post 22 baseball, and encourage all to come out the Timken Park and enjoy the games.”
The press release states that “tryouts for Union’s only American Legion Post-sponsored baseball team will be at 1 p.m. Saturday May 13, 2017 at Union County High School on the practice field located at the rear of the school. Follow up Tryouts/Practice will be Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the same location.”
It states that “individuals from Union County High School, Whitmire High School, Fairfield Central High School, Union Christian Day School, USC Union, Home Schoolers and others in the surrounding area are encouraged to tryout.”
The press release states that “players must be ages 13 through 19. Selections will be made for both Senior and Junior teams.
The press release states that “American Legion Post 22 coaches and helpers are all from Union and most have had a connection with Post 22 baseball in some capacity in the past.” Those coaches and helpers are:
Senior Coaches: Keith Worthy, Joe Beatty, Joseph Beatty Jr., Brad Freeman, Patrick Beacham
Junior Coaches: John Parks, Dennis Cooper, Ben Wages.
Athletic Director: Donnie Vinson
The press release concludes by issuing the following invitation:
“Players from old are asked to come out and enjoy the games and help make American Legion Post 22 the best ever.”