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Legion team begins new baseball season
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
June 18, 2014 11:45 AM | 1211 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, American Legion Douglasville Post 145 baseball players James Mitchell, David Ihrig and Paul Reeves before a contest against Covington Post 32 last week.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, American Legion Douglasville Post 145 baseball players James Mitchell, David Ihrig and Paul Reeves before a contest against Covington Post 32 last week.
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The American Legion Douglasville Post 145 received its charter in 1935 and fields one of only 12 Legion-sponsored baseball teams in Georgia.

This season’s team is comprised of youth baseball players head coach Eric McAfee selects from a pool of players under the age of 19 from area high schools such as Douglas County, South Paulding and Villa Rica. Post 145 also had fielded players from Chapel Hill and Alexander in previous seasons.

Post 145 finished second in the state of Georgia the previous two seasons and has begun this year 4-3 through June 16.

“We’ve played well,” said McAfee. “The first couple of weeks in June are tough because some players are out of town and we haven’t had our full team yet. Everyone is starting to come back and feel that we’ll have a strong team.”

Leading the team has been pitcher and Douglas County High School alumnus David Ihrig, who has provided quality starts for the squad along with timely hits at the plate.

“David has pitched well for us,” McAfee said. “Tyler McDaniel has been in the leadoff spot for us in the lineup with a batting average around .700 while James Maxwell and Pierce Benefield have hit the ball extremely well.”

Post 145, whose home field is Hunter Park, faces different challenges than its competition in other states, particularly in the Northeast.

“Legion baseball in Georgia struggles to compete with other travel ball programs,” McAfee said. “Some states in the Northeast will have up to 300 Legion teams while Georgia only has 12. We still have quality kids and it’s a good program.”

Post 145 will play about 30 regular season contests this season and take part in the Independence Day Classic over the Fourth of July weekend in Columbia, Tenn. It will return to action on Thursday against Covington Post 32.

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