Legion team in district
Winning district championships has become a yearly routine for Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750.
The American Legion baseball team has won its district each of the last four seasons and will look to make it five in a row starting today at 4 p.m. when it takes on Cambridge at Don Coss Field.
St. Clairsville and Zanesville are also in Beverly/Lowell’s district. Todd Engle, in his 12th year as skipper of Post 389/750, believes the district is very well-rounded this summer.
“This is as balanced as I’ve seen it in awhile,” Engle said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if any of the four teams were crowned the winner.”
Poor weather conditions have kept Beverly/Lowell from getting much practice in for most of the summer, but recently Engle and his club have been able to hit the field and get prepared for what the district will bring.
“We’ve had two good nights of practice here. We got a lot of swings in,” Engle said.
“They were loose (Tuesday) night. This bunch here, they’re not gonna get uptight. They’re a resilient bunch and I think they’re in the right frame of mind for (today).”
Beverly/Lowell is 20-17 on the year coming off of a doubleheader sweep over Meigs Saturday. Engle is hoping his players are peaking at the right time.
“I think we could make a pretty good run,” he said. “It’s really about whatever teams get hot right now.”
Pitching has been the key to Beverly/Lowell’s 2013 season, as the staff has posted a 3.35 earned run average.
Evan Sawyer will start on the hill today.
Sawyer owns a 4-3 record and a 2.25 ERA this season.
Beverly/Lowell also has Ben Barnas (3 saves), Kyler McElfresh (3-1, 2.25), Dustin Duffy (2-2, 2.28) and Justin Hill (3-1, 3.75) that could throw in relief.
If Post 389/750 can get in a zone offensively, it could present problems for the opposition.
The team has been up and down in the hitting department this season, currently sitting on a .272 team batting average.
Lance Schafer leads the team with a .379 average, four home runs and 29 runs batted in. Ethan Estes (.350, 26 rbi) and Jake Ullman (.337, 19 rbi) have also been consistent throughout the season. If those three can continue producing and some other players turn it up a notch, Engle’s club will be tough to beat.
Beverly/Lowell’s probable lineup is center fielder Austin Campbell leading off, third baseman Estes hitting second, shortstop Ullman in the three-hole, right fielder Schafer at cleanup, catcher Gunnar Smith batting fifth, designated hitter Justin Greer batting sixth, either Justin Hill or Terrance Mayle at first base and hitting seventh, second baseman Jordan Satterfield batting eighth and left fielder Devin Leister in the nine-hole.