UNION COUNTY — It’s summer and that means baseball and that means Union American Legion Post 22 Baseball.
In a statement released Thursday, Union American Legion Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair announced that the post’s plans for its opening home baseball games. Sinclair said that the opening home event will be Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Timken Sports Complex. He said it would be a joint opening ceremony involving Post 22’ Juniors and Seniors who will open with and play, respectively, Inman Post 45 and Spartanburg Post 28.
Sinclair said the first pitch will be through by Kevin Brewington, a former Legion ballplayer, and the National Anthem will be sung by Post 22’s Jantzen Childers. He said that assisting with the player code on the field will be former Legion players and Major League draftees Joe Haney, and James “Buffalo” Maness.
The Senior game will be called by Tyler Shugart, who Sinclair said is filling in for regular announcer Steve Ramsey. Sinclair said that Shugart is a host of The Morning Fox Sports show in Spartanburg and does play by play and radio analysis for sporting events at Spartanburg High School and Presbyterian College.
Union American Legion Post 22 Seniors are led by Keith “Jap” Worthy who Sinclair said also coaches the USC Union Bantam baseball team. He said Worthy is assisted by Brad Freeman, Corey Robertson, and Joe Beatty.
Post 22 Juniors are led by John Parks and assisted by Dennis Cooper, Ben Wages, and Jake Walton.
Donnie Vinson is Post 22’s Athletic Director and Sinclair said that all the post’s coaches have extensive American Legion player and/or coaching experience.
Sinclair urged the public to come out and enjoy Wednesday’s games.
“Please join us for an action packed evening filled with competitive baseball as we begin the home ball games Union American Legion Post 22 baseball.”