Sr. Legion Team’s Season Ends with Two Losses in Division Tourney

Jr. Team wins Division Tournament, advances to State Saturday
by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

For American Legion Post 429’s Senior Legion baseball team, it has been a sub-par summer. The Senior team finished the season 9-13, with the final two losses coming in the first two games of the division tournament.

Submitted by Duff Hoel Pictured, front row, left to right are Griffin Day, Dylan Hart, Nick Bates, Avery Schrock, Cole Evans, Kaleb Williams, Dalton Hoel, Luke Armstrong, and Zach Hrvol. Back Row, left to right: Coach Dillon Hoel, Coach Adam Carver, Jeremy Plank, Clayton Turner, Blake Woodard, Devin Rose, Jackson McCrory, Devin Still, Zach Bates, and Coach Duff Hoel. Not pictured:Tommy Watson and Brody Elder
Submitted by Duff Hoel
Pictured, front row, left to right are Griffin Day, Dylan Hart, Nick Bates, Avery Schrock, Cole Evans, Kaleb Williams, Dalton Hoel, Luke Armstrong, and Zach Hrvol.
Back Row, left to right: Coach Dillon Hoel, Coach Adam Carver, Jeremy Plank, Clayton Turner, Blake Woodard, Devin Rose, Jackson McCrory, Devin Still, Zach Bates, and Coach Duff Hoel. Not pictured:Tommy Watson and Brody Elder

According to head coach Duff Hoel the team played well and had opportunities to win both of those games.
“Going into the season we knew the senior team was not very deep. The senior team had some good hitters and scored runs pretty well but couldn’t hold leads. The team had only one true pitcher. We had a few arms, but pitching was certainly a weak spot on this team.”
There were also chances for improvement left untapped.
“I was really disappointed that we weren’t able to get more games in due to weather and other teams canceling games due to lack of players,” said Hoel. “The older guys had an opportunity to play some good teams when we did get games in.”
According to the coach, there were some players on the junior team that could have contributed some depth to the senior team.
“We had several players on our junior team that have a skill set that would allow them to play senior legion, but we made the decision to keep them on the junior team and try to make a deep post season runwith the junior team.”
And the Juniors are doing just that, as they are enjoying an unprecedented amount of success for a Mo-Do team, a season on the opposite end of the spectrum of the senior team.     Login or Subscribe to read the rest of this story.

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