The junior legion squad scored 13 runs in two wins last week, staying in second place in the region.

Legion streak continues

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Junior team has won six straight
Billy Cannada

The Greer American Legion Post 115 junior squad has been dominating the region as of late, winning its last six games.

With only a couple of games remaining on the schedule, head coach Nate Ramsey said he feels as if his team has put itself in prime playoff position.

“We’re at six straight now and still sitting on second place in the region,” he said. “It was a good week for us. We’ll have two more games this week and we’ll start our playoffs.”

The junior team took down Gaffney by a score of 6-2 last week, before beating Union 7-2.

“Scott Hutto threw a complete game against Gaffney and was unbelievable,” Ramsey said. “Brayden Edwards has been hitting the ball well too. I wouldn’t say it was one player. It was a team effort.”

Post 115 hosted Inman this week (results were not available at press time) and will travel to Spartanburg on Wednesday for the final game of the regular season.

“We have a good idea of what we’re going to see,” he said. “We’re trying to focus on our pitching and the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, you still have to go in and hit the ball and have good at bats. It really doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”

The team struggled with mental mistakes early on this season, but those have since been corrected.

“Early on, pitching and defensive miscues were kind of what was holding us back,” Ramsey said. “We’ve been able to clean a lot of it up now. We’re playing well and hopefully we’ll be able to ride some of this into the postseason.”

Ramsey said he can expect a full team effort from his guys night in and night out.

“Offensively, it’s not a matter of if we have two or three standout guys a night,” he said. “It’s a matter of if we have 12, 13 or 14 good, quality team at bats. Our first two runs against Gaffney came on a ground out and a sacrifice fly. You’ll live with those all season.”

If the junior legion team is to have a successful playoff run, defense will have to be the focus.

“Baseball is a continuous adjustment and continuous attention to detail,” Ramsey said. “There’s some stuff in our base running that I would like for us to be a little bit more prepared for. Even when it comes to certain situations—when a baseball is hit to you, you just have to have that plan of where you’re going to go with it.

“If you listen to all the great defenders in baseball history, they say ‘Well, I just had a clock in my head. I knew how much time I had to go where I needed to go with the ball.’ It’s an area we’ve gotten better in,” he said. “We’ve had five practices this whole season so we’ve had to play the game and learn from it. For a group of 14-17 year olds to do what they’ve done has been impressive.”

If the junior team were to snag a second place finish, it would secure a home playoff game.

“You would hope you would take care of business at home,” Ramsey said. “Right now, it looks like Rock Hill is where we’re going to go. Making one trip there is a lot better than having to make two.” | 877-2076

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