For Post 317, fielding its first squad since 2003 has been about seeing good competition in the summer, much like the goal that Post 6 sets forth each season.
“I think it’s been great for us,” Post 317 coach Nick Sale said. He’s also Eastern High School’s varsity baseball coach. “We have most of our guys from Eastern on the team, so it’s helped us from a developmental standpoint. It’s been huge, especially, for some of our younger guys who are looking to contribute to our school program down the road. We’ve liked Legion baseball from the standpoint of getting to face better competition and better pitching. We had the chance to play very good teams from Lafayette, Logansport, Kokomo, Crawfordsville — all of these teams who have players 19 [years of age] and under.”
For the most part, Sale’s Post 317 team is comprised of players who will be juniors and sophomores when school starts in the fall, putting them behind the eight ball experience-wise this season. One of the things he’s tried to instill in his team is playing with confidence in order to avoid falling behind in games due to giving up multiple runs in one inning. That happened early in both of the squad’s regular season matchups with Post 6.
“We just need to avoid those small errors that lead to three- or four-run outbursts,” Sale said. “Our pitchers have thrown strikes for the most part all summer long. So, defensively we need to hang in there, and offensively we need to move some runners around and try to make them work a little bit, which they haven’t had to do the last couple times we’re played them. So, if we can hang in there and put some pressure on them, we’ll see what happens.”