Four baseball players who were part of Haywood County’s first American Legion team in 61 years are back to finish what they started.
Post 47 opens its season Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Rutherford County.
The team’s roster is comprised of either current or former players from Pisgah, Tuscola, Blue Ridge and Mountain Heritage. And the new coach is Mitchell Whitner.
Whitner will have some familiar faces to work with – Berea (Ky.) freshman Nathan Summey and Holt Underwood played their high school ball at Pisgah and are third-year Post 47 members, as are Pisgah senior Thomas Tatham and Smoky Mountain senior Cal Raleigh.
Tatham (Wofford) and Raleigh (Clemson) have both signed to play Division I college baseball and were this past season’s Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively.
“Offensively and defensively, I believe this could be the strongest unit that we’ve had,” Whitner said.
“We only have one newcomer, so the kids know each other and they’re all real solid. As long as the pitching staff holds up, I feel good about this team.”
Here is the roster and schedule for Post 47:
2015 AMERICAN LEGION PLAYERS
#1. MASON FOX Sr P/OF PISGAH/GARDNER-WEBB
#2. GRAY MCCURRY Sr INF MTN HERITAGE/CVCC
#3. HUNTER STEWART Jr P BLUE RIDGE HS
#4 MATTHEW RIDLEY So UT SMOKY MOUNTAIN
#5. NOAH HEATHERLY Jr C/INF TUSCOLA
#6. JACE MILKEY Jr P/OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN
#7. NATHAN SUMMEY College OF BEREA/PISGAH
#8. BRET BALDWIN Sr INF SMOKY MOUNTAIN/UNDECIDED
#10 CAL RALEIGH Sr C/INF SMOKY MOUNTAIN/CLEMSON
#11 JAKE SUTTON Jr P TUSCOLA
#12 KEVIN ALLRED Jr C/OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN
#15 HOLT UNDERWOOD College P/INF WCU/PISGAH
#16 COLE HOOPER So P/OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN
#17 ETHAN MEECE Jr P/INF TUSCOLA
#18 BRYCE BURGESS Jr P/INF PISGAH
#19 TRAVIS HOLDEN. Sr OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN
#20 THOMAS TATHAM Sr P/INF PISGAH/WOFFORD
HAYWOOD POST 47 SCHEDULE
DATE TIME TEAM
MAY 23 4:00 @ RUTHERFORD
MAY 24 4:00 (DH) @ CALDWELL
MAY 29 7:00 BURKE
MAY 30 7:00 HICKORY
MAY 31 7:00 @ ASHEVILLE
JUN 2 7:00 RUTHERFORD
JUN 4 7:00 HENDERSON
JUN 5 7:00 @ CHERRYVILLE
JUN 14 4:30 (DH) TAYLORSVILLE
JUN 16 5:30 (DH) KINGS MOUNTAIN
JUN 19 7:00 @ BURKE
JUN 21 7:00 ASHEVILLE
JUN 23 7:00 @ HICKORY
JUN 24 7:00 @ HENDERSON
JUN 26 7:00 CHERRYVILLE