With the full roster finally intact, Lafayette Post 11 hopes to start building momentum for the postseason. That could start with the Lafayette Tourney, which begins today at Loeb Stadium and Harrison High School.
“This is probably the second time we’ve had everybody for our team,” said Lafayette Jeff product Sam Russell. “It’s good for us to come together. We got three wins last weekend, so hopefully we can add more this weekend.”
Post 11 collected its first three wins of the season at last weekend’s Andy Smith Classic in Kenosha, Wis. On Tuesday, Central Catholic’s Andrew Hubertz and Cowan Olinger joined the team.
Hubertz is slated to start one of the four tournament games on the mound. Olinger adds much-needed depth to the outfield.
Post 11 (3-13) opens play in the 12-team tournament at 3 p.m. today against Cass County at Harrison. Then comes an 8 p.m. contest against Blue Springs at Loeb.
“We just need to set the tone that first game, put up a couple runs in the first inning of that first game and get our confidence going. Then we can take over in the tournament,” Russell said. “I know we haven’t had a win in Indiana, but I think there’s a familiarity with the two places which will be great for us.”
As of Tuesday, manager Dan Yeoman hadn’t decided on the order of his starting rotation for the Lafayette Tourney, but said Hubertz, Russell, Tanner Hieatt and Wes Robledo would be the starters.
“Until this point in time, everyone has started at some point because we haven’t had enough to run starters and relievers,” Yeoman said.
“If we can have a whole roster, it makes it easier to make changes. If you have all your pitchers there, it makes it easier. You can do some things.”
Last weekend’s success in the Andy Smith Classic came after a rocky start to the season.
Post 11 lost to Crawfordsville 12-5 on Tuesday, but had 10 hits. As the season wears on, the players believe they’re starting to coalesce.
“I definitely think we’re starting to mesh a little better, and once we come together, I think we’ll have a really good team,” first baseman Brahm Bea said.