September 21, 2014

Spring Hill Legion team near .500 record

Using timely hitting and solid defense, the Spring Hill American Legion Post 350 baseball team reached the .500 mark last week.
Spring Hill competes in a 12-team Tri-County area Legion league and also participates in outside tournaments. A post-season league tourney starts July 11 in Baldwin and precedes the annual Zone tournament.
Coach Brian McCloud’s crew survived a slow start but recently put things together and look in good shape for the stretch run.
“It took awhile for the team to gel,” said McCloud. “Everyone had to learn their roles and now things are clicking. The roster is mainly Spring Hill kids with additions from Louisburg and Olathe.”
Spring Hill took a break from league play last week and traveled to the Atchison tournament. First round action saw Spring Hill defeat homestanding Atchison 4-2 and the team turned back Doniphan County 7-5 in quarterfinal action. Tourney results were not complete at press time.
“Outside tourney play got the kids a look at different teams,” said McCloud. “Generally the teams are older and that challenges us to get better.”
Pitching is always a key and McCloud has assembled a good staff. Sharing mound duties have been Jeff Lovetinsky, Trey Hickman, Adam Tate, Josh Wilson, Kyle Edwards, Bryce Duncan, and Miles Updike.
Behind the plate, Tate and Lovetinsky share catching duties and solid mid-infield play has come from shortstop Updike and second baseman Jordan McCloud.
Manning the hot corner have been Ricardo Garcia and Hickman while first base is anchored by Dylan Sphlictal and Nick Chapman.
Roaming the outfield are Carson King, Duncan, Wilson, Tre’ Lyday, and Edwards.
This is a good group of kids to work with,” added McCloud. “We play a challenging Triple A Legion schedule and conclude with a tough poste season Zone tourney.
McCLoud has help in assistants Jack Tate, Seth Collins and Jose Garcia. Their roster includes Nick Chapman, Bryce Duncan, Kyle Edwards, Ricardo Garcia, Trey Hickman, Carson King, Jordan McCloud, Tre’ Lyday, Jeff Lovetinsky, Dylan Sphlictal, Adam Tate, Miles Updike, and Josh Wilson.

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