American Legion Junior Baseball

Post 47 awarded 2015 junior legion state baseball tournament

American Legion tournament to be held at Western Carolina University’s Hennon Stadium
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jul 31, 2014
Photo by: File A view from a first base line reserve seat at Childress Field at Hennon Stadium.

The gates of Childress Field at Hennon Stadium will be open for five days in late July 2015, as Haywood Post 47 Baseball Clubs landed the bid to host the eight-team North Carolina American Legion Junior Tournament on the campus of Western Carolina University.
Post 47, which will serve as a host for a state tournament for the first time ever, learned of its winning bid from N.C. Area IV Commissioner Rocky Bennett on Wednesday afternoon.
“We are excited to be hosting a state tournament for the first-time ever,” said Post 47 Commander Ken Rector. “I’m very proud of our players, coaches and the advisory board for all the work they have put toward getting the bid to host the state junior tourney. And we are very excited to have formed a  partnership with Western Carolina University.”
Recently, two Area IV teams won the state legion championship as South Caldwell Post 29 concluded its season by winning the junior championship a week ago in Raleigh and on Tuesday, Shelby Post 82 won the state senior title.
Shelby Post 82 advances as the North Carolina champion into the American Legion Southeast Regional in Asheboro, which starts Aug. 5.
Because there isn’t a baseball venue big enough at the present time in Haywood County, the Post 47 advisory board went to Cullowhee and negotiated a partnership with Western Carolina University.
“Once we heard the proposal, everybody in the athletic department was all in for this,” said WCU associate athletic director for internal operations Todd Lawing.
In addition to providing Hennon Stadium and all the spacious parking surrounding the baseball complex, Western Carolina University has also agreed to provide on-campus housing and dining privileges at the Courtyard Dining Hall for each junior team at substantial discounted rates. Throughout the entire junior tournaments, the WCU athletic department will provide its baseball grounds crew to maintain the field and in case of rain and delays, Hennon Stadium has an infield tarp.
The WCU athletic department will also provide throughout the entire junior tournament, two certified athletic trainers and an ambulance, while the umpires will be provided a locker room in the Ramsey Center.
In addition to huge monetary benefit from hosting a state tournament, there is added incentive to run a quality tournament.
“The proposal submitted by Haywood Post 47 was very impressive,” said Bennett. “The selection committee wanted to do a trial run and if this first tournament goes well, there is a good chance we will award Post 47 the junior and senior tournament in 2016.”

Comments (9)
Posted by: Vicki Hyatt | Jul 31, 2014 20:03

It is a shame we have to host such a tournament out of county. Haywood businesses could certainly benefit from eight teams, their families and fans staying in the county. If only we had the facilities here.



Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Aug 01, 2014 10:14

      No offense but such a facility is not economically feasible in any other area of Haywood county. A college can justify it but I'd say barely.

      If the various community events were to be combined in one place there would possibly be justification. But then again is the removal of community events from the various local communities really what WE want?

 

              C.Z.



Posted by: Scott Lilly | Aug 01, 2014 11:23

If you play SimCity all you have to do is click the "public park" icon and put in on the map.  When you start losing population due to high taxes and increasing crime, you can just hit the "cheat" button to turn on unlimited funding.  :-)  Now where is that "cheat" button hidden in Haywood County?



Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Aug 01, 2014 13:41

  Did OUR Founders move to avoid "high taxes"?

  Many paid for OUR Revolution out of their own pocket.

 

  Taxes are a responsibility.

 

   C.Z.



Posted by: Scott Lilly | Aug 01, 2014 14:10

"Taxes are a responsibility." -- Ever been to Detroit?  I go there regularly.  In some areas there, you might be shot trying to deliver that message.  What a shame.  That city long ago needed that "cheat button".



Posted by: Chuck Fiebernitz | Aug 07, 2014 13:28

Thanks for your responses and I understand gentlemen your opinions. I really do. I wish we had a facility to host tournaments.

Several years ago a man in Shelby asked the same question. Their legion team was playing at Shelby High School. And he wanted to host a state tournament.

His question was answered and nearly 10 years later, and more than five million dollars later, Shelby has renovated their high school field into a state of the art stadium ... and the permanent host for the American Legion World Series.

It's a start for us guys. I hope and beg for your support. It may pay off down the road.

Thanks

Chuck Fiebernitz



Posted by: Chuck Fiebernitz | Aug 07, 2014 13:28

Thanks for your responses and I understand gentlemen your opinions. I really do. I wish we had a facility to host tournaments.

Several years ago a man in Shelby asked the same question. Their legion team was playing at Shelby High School. And he wanted to host a state tournament.

His question was answered and nearly 10 years later, and more than five million dollars later, Shelby has renovated their high school field into a state of the art stadium ... and the permanent host for the American Legion World Series.

It's a start for us guys. I hope and beg for your support. It may pay off down the road.

Thanks

Chuck Fiebernitz



Posted by: Scott Lilly | Aug 07, 2014 15:05

Mr. Fiebernitz,

 

I read how Shelby's park originally started with four veteran's groups putting up $40k each.  And I read recently how another veteran's group put up $1,000,000 and even some baseball organizations donated funding for lighting and a lighting company provided the materials at a discount.  That's all great stuff.  If there were a company that were to put up that kind of money for little old Haywood County, I'd be thrilled that someone would take an interest here.  Of course you can count on my support for that.

 

As well, WCU has a baseball facility that was upgraded with mostly private funds and a generous backing by Lowes and a former Lowes employee.  (If my memory serves me well.)  Of course WCU has the duty to continue to maintain it and when they offer its use to us, that's great!  Of course I support that kind of resource sharing for a great cause!

 

Do you have a person or company that you're soliciting to invest in our community for a baseball complex?  There's a baseball field I think at the Folkmoot complex.  And I think they are looking for something to do with the facility the 50 weeks out of the year Folkmoot isn't going on.

 

Charlotte recently invested private money in a downtown stadium.  Whoever invested that money is likely enjoying it's success this first year.  I can't even get tickets and even if I could, they are expensive!  I opted for an Asheville Tourist game instead.  Good value there.  Greensboro a few years ago did the same... private money for a downtown stadium.

 

Not sure how a small mountain town of 10,000 can afford something like those much larger cities with huge private interests.  It may be just something small town folk admire from afar.



Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Aug 08, 2014 10:35

             Yes I have been to Detroit.

              I used to haul automotive parts from Detroit to East St. Louis for Chrysler. Been in many factories that were employing thousands at the time. Then outsourcing began as companies moved to Mexico. Beginning of the end. Chrysler assembly plant 1 and 2 in East St. Louis have been gone for some time. Huge job losses that directly affected tax base and economy.

            I personally hauled the first Chrysler mini-van frames to Newark, New Jersey where automated welding machines were calibrated. Saw big shots testing the first convertible El Derado which had not been "unveiled". I saw many a vehicle crushed for what I thought were fixable defects. Saw what happens when a new front wheel drive is tied to a dyno without the 4 bolts holding the drive-train in place. As each vehicle was tied down by body(apparently) and a block put on throttle for a set time, the front wheel drive drivetrain came out and slammed into a wall. Caused a bit of a rucus. Saw two nitwits undercoating cars turn on each other and completely soak themselves. Watching healthcare folks using gasoline soaked pads to remove the tar was priceless! Undercoaters had protective suits afterwards. Saw workers from plant 1 fighting with plant 2 workers after they got a better deal from Chrysler. I was kicked out of plant 2 after driver from my company beat-up foreman and others. I began hauling to Newark, Delaware. One Christmas I was paged at a truckstop and asked to drop my loaded trailer and come back into the plant to haul a trailer to Plant 2 that had been mistakenly sent. Even though out of hours, and facing bad weather and a 18 hr. time limit, I did after Chrysler agreed to send me back to Detroit with a loaded trailer. I arrived and before I could back into dock, they were in the trailer and searching for a particular box. They were out of "Jesus" clips that held the window cranks on and the line was shut down with the head of Chrysler arriving in about 6 hrs. "Italian Joe" the foreman saw me and had a fit. Called security. They unhooked my trailer and escorted me to gate with a guard hanging from each side of truck. I had to dead-head home with no trailer and no pay. Didn't even get payed for delivering load to plant 2. Next time in Newark, Delaware I hid the loaded trailer I had dropped previously with the purpouse that the next time I had to come out of that plant empty I'd have a loaded trailer waiting. I had the phone number of the Newark, Delaware plant foreman's girlfriend in case I was delayed in delivery as well as his home phone with stern warning not to confuse the two as his wife might not like it.

 

              Mr. Lilly, what does your game say is the result of a nation being lied into two WARS that were unfunded? Game don't really handle the big picture does it.

 

                 C.Z.



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