The Winchester Post 21 Renegades have began their first “normal” American Legion baseball season in three years, and so they hope to on the very least have their first successful report in three years, too.
Changes associated to COVID-19 have resulted in late begins for Post 21 and American Legion baseball usually every of the earlier two years. In 2020, Post 21 went 8-10-1. Last yr’s group performed within the eight-team American Legion state event however completed with a report of simply 5-12.
Post 21 — which misplaced its season opener 14-7 to Warrenton Post 72 on Wednesday — at the moment has 12 video games scheduled however is predicted so as to add a half-dozen extra within the common season. The Renegades will subsequent play 4 video games (two on Saturday, two on Sunday) within the Western Maryland Mountain Classic on the Hot Stove Complex in Cumberland, Md. The first sport takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Renegades may even compete within the District 15/16 event with greater seeds internet hosting video games on the finish of the common season in middle-to-late July. The different groups within the district are Warrenton, Leesburg Post 34, Stafford Post 290 Nationals and Culpeper Post 330. Post 21 common supervisor Nate Eback stated three or 4 groups from District 15/16 and District 17 ought to qualify for the eight-team, double-elimination state event in Spotsylvania County on the finish of the season.
“We’ve got a good group of guys from a big mix of schools, and we’re going up against teams like Warrenton and Leesburg who pull from a lot of schools,” Post 21 coach Marc Timmons stated. “There’s going to be a lot of good baseball.”
Post 21 does boast a powerful mixture of space expertise. One of these gamers is current Clarke County graduate Luke Lyman, who will pitch for NCAA Division I Morehead State. One of eight returning gamers for Post 21, Lyman went 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and had 78 strikeouts in 44.1 innings for the Eagles this spring.
“He’s going to throw for us when he can,” Timmons stated. “I expect big things out of him, and I think everybody does.”
Timmons additionally expects rising Handley senior Griffin Hott (46 strikeouts in 49.2 innings this spring) to play an enormous function on the mound. He allowed two runs (each earned), three hits and one stroll and struck out three batters towards Warrenton. Timmons stated this weekend ought to give him a greater thought of what he has to work with on the pitching entrance, however rising Sherando junior Tyler Strosnider (21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings), Clarke County graduate and rising Louisburg College sophomore Jonah Cochran and rising Eagles senior Matthew Sipe, a returning Post 21 participant, may additionally see important mound time.
An infielder, Sipe hit third and went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Wednesday towards Warrenton, this after hitting .408 (29-for-71) with 10 RBIs and a .500 on-base share for the Eagles. Handley rising junior second baseman Kaplan Ambrose (2-for-5 with a double and two runs Wednesday; .385 with 20 hits, .529 OBP, 10 RBIs, 18 runs for the Judges) is predicted to hit leadoff. Millbrook graduate and Juniata College rising sophomore Sebastian Tringali went 2-for-6 with two runs and two doubles Wednesday; and Lyman (14 RBIs, 10 runs for Clarke) went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI and hit cleanup Wednesday.
“I was impressed with the way we played Wednesday being the first time out,” stated Timmons, who added his group might want to clear up its protection after committing seven errors towards Warrenton.
The Renegades’ 17-player roster additionally options returners Terrell Roberts (current Sherando graduate and outfielder, 11 RBIs, .392 OBP this spring); Will Croyle (current Millbrook graduate, 11 RBIs); Trey Williams (rising Sherando junior outfielder,. 328 with 21 hits, .419 OBP); Josh Stickles (current Handley graduate, catcher/third baseman, 10 RBIs this spring) and 2021 Sherando graduate Andrew Plunkett, a catcher and first baseman. Other newcomers are Handley rising sophomore catcher Charlie Allen (.315 with 17 hits, .393 OBP), James Wood rising seniors Michael Jackson (utillity, 18 runs, 12 stolen bases) and catcher/outfielder Hayden Rinker and rising junior infielder/catcher Jacob Harty; and Legacy Christian Academy’s Malachi Sloane.
Timmons stated Post 21 will play all its house video games in Jim Barnett Park, splitting its video games between Handley’s Bodie Grim Field and Shenandoah University’s Bridgeforth Field, which encompasses a new synthetic turf along with upgrades to the dugouts, fencing, bullpens and batting cages.
“The field is excellent,” stated Timmons, a volunteer coach at Handley who received the possibility to expertise a sport at Bridgeforth this yr with the Judges. “I had a turf infield in college [playing for Waynesburg University], and I think that’s the way to go, man. The ball plays true, and there’s no real rainouts.”