UNION COUNTY — Even though it is a relatively new team the Union Americas Legion Post 22’s Junior team not only made it into the playoff but also forced one of the state’s strongest team into a tie-breaker.
The American Legion Junior Baseball Playoffs was played in Lexington, Aiken and Union over the past week during which the Post 22 team make a strong showing against some very formidable competition.
Post 22 Commander Sinclair and Vice Commander Torance Inman said Friday that the team’s strong performance during this year’s playoffs demonstrates how far it has come and sets the stage for even stronger performances in the future.
“Post 22 Juniors lost the last game 11-8 against the Aiken Juniors in the second round of the playoffs,” Sinclair said. “The Aiken Juniors are one of the strongest teams in the state, but Post 22 took them to the tiebreaker, winning the first game and losing the final two.”
Sinclair and Inman said the team’s performance is all the more impressive when considered in the light of its history.
“We started from ground zero last year and we’ve come a long way with no legacy players and no coaches with an institutional background in American Legion play,” Sinclair said. “That progress is a tribute to the players, coaches, and parents.”
Sinclair said that in addressing the team following the end of their playoff bid, he discussed the qualities it takes to become successful, not only in baseball, but any team effort.
“It takes tenacity, belief in each other, and confidence in yourself and in your team,” Sinclair said.
Sinclair and Inman said that given the progress the team has made, they are looking forward to next year. Inman pointed out that the future will see continued improvement, not only on the Junior team, but also the Senior team.
“The coaches and the players understood that this year was a building block for the future,” Inman said. “The majority of the senior players will return and with the addition of talented junior players who will move up will make next year’s senior team one of the strongest in our league.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.