Bev/Low blonds having more fun
Whether you believe that blonds have more fun (or not), there’s no question that the Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 American Legion baseball team had a blast Tuesday night, routing Marietta Post 64, 13-3.
Many of the B/L players, but not all, had dyed their hair blond before the start of the July 14 Region 8, District 11 Tournament at Don Coss Field in Cambridge.
“It’s just kind of a mojo thing for us,” said BevLow third baseman Jake Davis. “We wanted to change something up coming into the district tournament and have a little fun with it.”
Interestingly, in its last regular-season game of the summer, Beverly/Lowell was beaten 4-3 by Hebron Post 285 at Fort Frye High.
But the mojo kicked in when it counted in Post 389/750’s first game of the district tourney on Saturday when it defeated Tuscarawas County Post 205, 6-2, on Logan “Hulk” Isner’s grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.
The following day, BevLow downed Marietta Post 64, 5-1, in a winner’s bracket game behind the pitching of southpaw Tyler Bradford.
So, whose idea was it to become “blond bombers?”
“It wasn’t my idea,” said Davis, laughing. “I don’t have any blond hair.”
Davis, a 2016 Warren grad and current Heidelberg University player, didn’t really need the mojo. When Beverly/Lowell mercied Marietta Tuesday night to claim the Region 8 championship, he stroked a double, a single, and scored three runs.
What about skipper Todd Engle?
Was the hairdo color change his brainstorm?
“Well, I told them that I might shave my head, if we win state — but I don’t know about that even,” he said.
Thing is, it probably was a team/group decision.
Somebody offered that the Fort Frye football team did something similar, and the mojo produced some positive results.
In any event, color change or not, everything went BevLow’s way as Marietta committed seven errors during the course of the contest. B/L also benefitted from 10 walks and three hit batsmen.
“Everybody had a good day today,” Davis said. “Everyone was swinging it well. Really good team effort.
“It’s a huge confidence booster for us going into the state tournament.”
Post 389/750 is scheduled to play Napoleon in a first-round state game at Beavers Field in Lancaster Wednesday at 1 p.m.
So, look out for those Beverly/Lowell blond bombers.
Ron Johnston is a Marietta Times sports writer, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org