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Legion Baseball Recap

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

AAA Legion First Base Coach Rick Phillips gives direction to Josh Phillips after reaching first.

AAA Legion First Base Coach Rick Phillips gives direction to Josh Phillips after reaching first.

Legion Baseball in Elsberry has been going at a break-neck pace since late May despite the rain and the otherwise inconsistent weather patterns.

This week Elsberry’s AAA team was set to start off the action at home on June 11 with a 6:30 p.m. game against Sullivan.

That game was rescheduled for June 12 due to field conditions but weather forced the cancellation of all games set for that date as well.

After all of the reschedules and cancellations baseball finally resumed at the Elsberry Legion field on June 13 with a AAA game against St. Charles at 6 p.m. and a A game against St. Charles at 8:30 p.m.

Both teams went on to lose to St. Charles that night.

“We have a few players who are out due to injuries so we’ve had to bring up some of the younger kids to fill out the rosters,” said AAA Legion Coach Joe Pott. “We’re 2-3 in league play and that’s what counts so hopefully we can get things turned around.”

Pott added that his team has a good pitching staff this season.

“Abraham Greisbauer has 24 strikeouts in only 12 innings of pitching,” said Pott.

Pott said that he has also been pleased with the hot bats of Dale Dietrich, Andrew Kennedy and Joe Griesbauer.

Elsberry’s A and AA teams saw action on June 14 against New Haven at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and against Wentzville at 5 p.m.

The AA team won both games against New Haven due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“Our boys are really playing some good baseball,” said AA Legion Coach Greg White.

Unfortunately, Jeff Keiser’s A team lost their 5 p.m. game against Wentzville due to the same 10-run mercy rule that had worked to the advantage of White’s team just hours before.

To wrap up the week, Pott’s AAA team lost both games of a doubleheader against House Springs on June 15 and fell again to West at home on June 16.

“We’ve still got a few holes that we’re trying to fill on defense,” said Pott.

Jason Howard’s A team didn’t see much action at home this week, but they will have a busy week ahead of them if the weather permits.

“We are currently 6-0 in district play and have a tough week of district games lined up,” said Howard. “We are getting great pitching but need to start hitting the ball more consistently as a team.”

See this week’s edition of The Elsberry Democrat for a complete listing of all home Legion Baseball games for the coming week.