By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
TROY — At a time when most summer baseball teams are packing up the gear and the players are turning their attention toward fall sports, the Troy Post 43 legion baseball team is kicking into high gear.
By virtue of its Region 2 Legion Tournament win this past weekend, Troy Post 43 has seen its season extended by two more weeks. This week, Troy will head to Youngstown for the NABF World Series, then follow that up with trip to the Ohio State American Legion Tournament in Lancaster the following week.
“This is the time of year we really look forward to,” Troy Post 43 coach Frosty Brown said after his team had dispatched of Sidney 8-5 in the Region 2 title game to earn a trip to Lancaster. “This is a fun time for the coaches and the kids. It’s kind of a reward for the hard work they’ve put in this season. It’s an honor to be able to go and play in these tournaments. Not everyone gets to go to these.”
Post 43 leaves for the NABF Tournament today, then is scheduled to open play Thursday. Depending on how Troy does in the tournament, Post 43 could be playing games as late as Sunday. The team will return home Sunday evening, take a few days off, then head to Lancaster for the state tournament Wednesday. Troy will attend an opening banquet Wednesday evening, then open play Thursday.
“It’s a pretty hectic schedule, but you won’t hear any complaints from this group of kids,” Brown said. “These kids love to play the game. They show up at the ballpark ready to play every day. It makes it fun for me. They want to play baseball. They don’t like taking too many days off.”
Post 43’s schedule is proof of that. The team has crisscrossed the nation this summer, playing games as far as Omaha, Neb., where Troy played in the Decker College World Series Invitational. Days off have been a rarity this season for Post 43.
“These kids love to play the game,” Brown said. “I remember at one point this season, we played 15 games in 10 days, and the kids never got tired of it. We told them to come early the next day for batting practice, and they all made it. That’s just the type of kids we have this year.”
Post 43 already has played more than 40 games this summer, and should easily surpass 50 games by the team it plays in its next two tournaments. A busy schedule has become a hallmark of Post 43 teams under Brown, who has coached the team for four decades.
“We want to give the kids the chance to play as many games as possible and get the most exposure possible,” Brown said. “Playing in so many games gives the kids a chance to be seen by college scouts. That’s one of the reasons we play as many games as we do.”
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