American Legion baseball teams held banquet

American Legion athletic director, Steve Baucom, thanked the players, coaches, parents, and VFW Post 4059 for a great season. Photo by Amanda Waters

The Mint Hill American junior and senoir baseball teams met at the VFW Post 4059 on Bain School Road last Saturday for their end-of-year banquet.  All three teams made it to the playoffs this year.  The Army Seniors’ record was 19-20, the Army Juniors were 13-4, and the Marine Juniors were 12-7.

Of the 18 young men on the senior team, ten will go on to play baseball in college at Mars Hill, Cedarville in Ohio, Wingate, Carson-Newman, Bridgewater in V.A., Brunswick Community College, Surry Community College, Lenoir Rhyne, and Gardner Webb.

“I would like to than the legion guys for letting us use this facility to have our meetings every year…If you take a look around, there’s a lot of history in this building…The people who were involved in this building fought in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm.  They actually have some members in this legion now who have fought in Iraq…Legion baseball is created, supported, and carried on by guys who fought in the military – fought for our country.  So we’re not out here for Steve or Mint Hill or for the recognition of your kid.  We actually are playing for this particular legion and everyone who fought in the United States military in this post,” said Steve Baucom, athletic director.  “And they’re gracious enough to give us a little bit of money to play baseball.”


Newell game postponed

The Newell American Legion baseball game Tuesday night at Ardrey Kell was postponed because of lightning, despite the calling from Newell players and fans to finish the game. Newell was leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Game 3 of the series against rival Pineville will be played tonight at 7 pm at Ardrey Kell. Players entertained themselves last night during the two-hour weather delay by singing songs by artists including boy band N’SYNC and rapper Lil’ Wayne. Catcher Darrall Simmons used props to entertain the small crowd huddled in the dugout.