Post 118 takes first in tourney

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Cassville Legion squad wins Kentucky Tournament The Cassville Post #118 American Legion baseball team won first place in the Shelbyville (Ky.) Legion Tournament played this past weekend. Local Legion team members include: Kelby Haynes, Michael Baker, Jake Nolan, Trevor Tanner, Ricky Vanderpool, Cody Pierson, Travis Northern, Aaron Brooks, Patric Maher, David Lunsford, Kyle Rhea and Kason Koelsch, all of Cassville; Josh Hartin, Levi Roberts and Caleb Mitchell, all of Southwest; Jamie Musick, of Wheaton; Tyler Miller, of Blue Eye. The team is coached by Jerry Marple, Jeremy Marple and Roger Brock. Photo by Becky Haynes

It was an interesting weekend for the Cassville American Legion Post #118 baseball team. The squad technically went 3-1 over the weekend before claiming the championship in the Shelbyville (Ky.) Legion tournament.

Two of the team's victories came in the usual way. They defeated Dubois, Ind., 8-4 and then beat Stormclub, out of Cincinnati, Ohio, 3-2.

The team then had one more unusual win. Trailing Ashland, Ky., in the second inning, Cassville's game was interrupted by rainfall. The rain canceled the game and considering the teams, were only in the second inning, a win was credited to both squads. Cassville also lost to Shelbyville 6-15. This gave Cassville a 3-1 record and pushed them into the championship game against Shelbyville.

The host team and Cassville went back and forth, scoring runs in almost every inning, but with a little help from Kelby Haynes, Post 118 was able to grind out a 10-8 victory.

Overall, the team had a great weekend. Haynes (2) and Michael Baker both picked up victories on the mound, and Kason Koelsch and Tyler Miller both had home runs in the series.

Post 118 moves to 7-3 overall and will play three games in the upcoming weeks. Cassville hosts Miller on Thursday and East Newton on Friday. On Monday, June 23, Cassville will play at Carthage. All games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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