Another American Legion fireworks show?Dragoons host Hickory Post 48 Thursday night
An early Fourth of July fireworks show was on display a week ago at Henkel-Alley Field in Catawba County. The first-year Area IV West Division member Haywood Post 47 Dragoons combined with last season’s tri-champion Hickory Post 48 for 39 runs and 41 hits.
But the Dragoons lost the offensive contest, 23-16 and dropped to 1-1.
So can fans expect more of the same Thursday night when the same Hickory Post 48 squad pays a visits to Waynesville to play Post 47?
It’s possible. First pitch for the American Legion baseball game is 7:05 p.m. from Tuscola Ballpark.
Hickory, which started the season by winning its first three games, has dropped it’s last three games and plays at Henderson County Post 77 tonight.
“We are in a downward spiral right now,” said Hickory Post 48 Manager Fore Rembert. “But it’s baseball. We can break out of it anytime and I hope we do soon.Our club knows (Caleb) McConnell’s ballclub can swing the bats.”
Haywood Post 47 is expected to be at full strength as starters Cal Raleigh (Smoky Mountain), Jordan Couch (Smoky Mountain), Mason Fox (Pisgah) and Trey Maslin (Franklin) will be back in the lineup. The quartet missed last week’s game because they opted to attend the last tryout for the State Games (June 19-23) at Pisgah High School.
In a late move before the June 5 roster deadline, the Dragoons picked up Pisgah senior catcher Garrett Holland and placed Swain County junior pitcher Stephen Swan on its development roster.
“Adding Holland to catch and DH for us really strengthens our lineup,” said Post 47 Manager Caleb McConnell. “Not only do we add a big bat to the lineup, we get an experienced catcher. In our first two games, Cal wasn’t able to attend the games and we had to put Holt (Underwood) behind the plate. Holt is a natural third baseman and that’s a tough job if you have never caught before. We appreciate his efforts. Now, we got to find a way to get Holt’s bat into the lineup. But that’s a good problem to have.”
On deck for the Dragoons after their game with Hickory Post 48 will be a road trip to play Shelby Post 82 at Keeter Stadium, which is the home of the American Legion World Series (Aug. 16-20).