UNION COUNTY — American Legion Post 22 is asking that the Timken Sports Complex be designated as the home field for the post’s baseball team.
In a presentation to Union County Council during its March meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, American Legion Post 22 2nd Vice Commander Torance Inman asked for the designation and explained the Post’s reasons for doing so.
“Post 22 baseball has a long history and partnership with Union County,” Inman said. “For many years, Post 22 baseball played its games at the stadium and at Timken Park as its home field. The post would like to continue to grow and enhance the relationship with Union County.
“Last year, the State Baseball Committee allowed a non-legion independent team to come into the league,” he said. “That actually put four teams into the system which was already stressed to support two teams. This caused significant problems for the league, the Post 22 baseball team and Timken Park, as well as Kevin Shropshire and his staff.”
As a result, Inman said the Post is asking council to designate the Timken Sports Complex its team’s home field exclusively.
“Post 22 is the only American Legion Post-sponsored baseball team in Union County,” Inman said. “With that being said, we need council’s help to ensure that the Post 22’s baseball legacy is continued and not penalized or restricted as the result of another non-legion or non-post sponsored teams entering the system.
“We are asking council to designate Timken Park as the American Legion Post 22 Baseball Team’s home field and not allow any other non-legion or individual sponsored team to have such designation,” he said. “We are asking for Post 22 to play all home games and have limited practice times at Timken Park. All other non-legion or independent teams should play their home games and practice at other locations so as not to interfere with, hinder, penalize or restrict Post 22 and its relationship with Timken Park in any way.”
Inman also briefed council about an agreement Post 22 has entered into with other athletic organizations to build a mutually beneficial baseball system.
“We would like council also to know that Post 22 has entered into an agreement with the Union County High School baseball team and coaches and the USC Union baseball team coach and dean to build a baseball system that will benefit all three parties,” Inman said. “The Union County High School baseball coaches have agreed to act as advisor to the Post 22 senior and junior teams, and the USC Union baseball head coach has agreed to join the Post 22 baseball team coaching staff.”
Inman also briefed council about an agreement Post 22 has entered into with the Timken Sports Complex.
“Post 22 is also committed to support Timken Park by working with Kevin Shropshire to ensure American Legion Baseball is an asset to the park,” Inman said. “Post 22 has agreed for Timken Park to receive both the gate and concessions for all home games, and that Post 22 will purchase two season passes for each Post 22 baseball team players and coaches.”
Inman concluded his presentation by pointing out that “Post 22 is the largest American Legion Post in District 10 with over 100 members. The post has a 75-year history of American Legion Baseball and is committed to build, not only good baseball players, but good patriotic citizens and leaders.”
Post 22’s activities also include funding and awarding individual scholarships; sending young people to Boys State and Girls State; sending students to oratorical contests; to the South Carolina Cadet Academy; and other programs that promote Americanism, patriotism and leadership.
Though council listened to Inman’s presentation it took no action on it as it is had not been included in the meeting’s schedule.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.