American Legion Baseball

Post 47 Doughboys to begin play in 2014

Legion baseball advisory board adds junior team (17-under)
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jan 21, 2014
Photo by: File Haywood Post 47 junior Thomas Tatham, a Pisgah High standout, belts a home run during a 2013 regular season game.

On Monday, the Haywood American Legion Post 47 Baseball Club’s advisory board announced Phase Two in its resurrection project of our American pastime in Western North Carolina.  
Because of the incredible support from local residents and passionate baseball supporters in the first season since 1952 for the 2013 senior legion team, Haywood Post 47 will put its first-ever junior squad on the field, beginning in late May.
The nickname chosen by the board for the junior team (17-and-under) will be the Doughboys.
The Post 47 senior team (19-and-under), nickname the Dragoons, will share the Tuscola Ballpark with the juniors.  
The Dragoons and Doughboys will pull players from the same territory, which covers Haywood County and WNC, upper Georgia and eastern Tennessee.
Returning as the manager of the Dragoons will be Caleb McConnell and the board confirmed his younger brother Eryk McConnell will be the manager of the Doughboys.
To aid in its search for the right mix of talent to field a competitive team in the North Carolina American Legion Junior Area 4 West Division, the board decided it will invite prospective players for two Saturday tryout camps in early May.
Senior Legion baseball operates under MLB rules, but has added the college slide rule and a 10-run mercy rule after seven innings.
Until last season, the juniors played under the same rules as the seniors.
However,  the Legion Baseball Subcommittee and National Americanism Commission will change several rules for junior baseball beginning with the 2014 season.
The rule changes for the juniors will be games will be seven innings with a 10-run mercy rule after five innings; the use of the courtesy runner will be permitted for the pitcher or catcher at any time; a designated hitter (not mandatory) can be used for any one starting player and the  use of a re-entry rule.
The American Legion regular season begins May 19 and runs to June 30. The postseason begins July 2 with the Area 4 (best-of-five) playoffs and the state championship tournaments in late July.
Wilmington Post 10 won the senior legion state tournament in Wilson and qualified for the World Series in Shelby after winning the SE Regional in Asheboro, North Carolina in early August.
Mint Hill beat host Kernersville two games in a row to win the double elimination Junior American Legion state tournament July 23 at East Forsyth High School.
In junior baseball, the season ends with the crowning of the state champions.