Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Baseball fans seated around the backstop at Jim Bradley Field on Monday June 16 thought Timberland Wolves ace Josh Winningham looked mighty good in blue and gold.
“Wish we had him,” one fan remarked as Winningham twirled an 8-0 shutout gem over visiting Cane Bay to help the American Legion Post 126 Junior Legion baseball team to improve to 6-1 on the season.
“American Legion baseball is a good thing for these kids to do during the summer months,” said Post 126 Athletic Director Watson Mims. “We need to provide an outlet for these ball players to continue to sharpen their baseball skills for next season. They need a place to play and that’s what we offer area baseball players is a place to play. I wish other American Legion posts took a more active interest in Legion baseball.”
Active interest as in supporting these American Legion teams financially. Post 126 donated more than $32,000 over the winter to Berkeley Stags baseball for the upgrade and facelift of Jim Bradley Field.
“People have come here from as far away as Virginia to play baseball here and they say this is the best ball field they’ve ever seen.”
With the Post 126 donations, Berkeley High School was able to upgrade and expand the Stags baseball facilities, making Jim Bradley Field the premier baseball park in Berkeley County.
“We improved the backstop, seating area and common area here by adding concrete to replace the gravel and install stadium seats,” Mims said. “This is a great place to watch a high school baseball game.”
Singles by Berkeley Stags infielders Chase and Zac Ganey keyed a Moncks Corner rally to take a lead starter Josh Winningham would not relinquish.
In other Post 126 Junior Legion action, Moncks Corner downed Berkeley 13-0 on Tuesday June 18. Berkeley’s Junior Legion entry is comprised of Timberland baseball players.
With the wins Post 126 improved to 6-1 on the season.
“We’ll play through this week and next and then wrap it up for the playoffs,” Mims said. “We have given these kids an option and an opportunity to play baseball over the summer. American Legion Post 126 supports Berkeley Stags baseball and youth baseball and we appreciate all of our sponsors and donors.”
Mims thanked Post 126 donors Roger Mitchum, Delta Pharmacy, Buddy’s Barbershop, Lane and Sally Wofford, Manuel Cohen, the Lion’s Club, the Santee Cooper Credit Union and Gene Oliver.
Post 126 has four games scheduled in the coming week as the summer Junior Legion regular season winds down and the playoffs begin in July. Post 126 will hit the road to face Georgetown before winding up the regular season schedule at home against Cane Bay Berkeley and Andrews.
According to Mims, the Junior Legion team will play for a state championship only, and not advance beyond to any region or nation American Legion competition.
The Post 126 Junior American Legion roster includes Robbie Harrelson, Jacob Fiddie, Nathan McPherson, Taylor Bond, Zach Ganey, Austin Wilkins, Jordan Swiney, C.J. Mack, Chase Ganey, Josh Winningham, Ridge Baggett, Robbie Fleming, D.J. Barbereno, Kyle Morrison, Tyler Crouse, Phillip Mims, Matthew Dress, and Ryan Legette.