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It’s a new day for Post 89! Entering his 11th season as Post 89 King George American Legion baseball head coach, Al Landino is optimistic that his pitcher-loaded staff of 18 players will live up to the old adage of good pitching will beat good hitting any day. “We have a good quality team this year, with 18 guys that can play,” Landino said.
With the addition of Caroline standout pitchers Adam and Alex Desjariais to the power hitting of Dylan Dombrowskas, Post 89 is equipped to have a banner year.
As the summer unfolds, Landino has his eyes set on finishing strong in the American Legion District 13 Tournament.
Ultimately, Landino is focused on winning it all, as he hopes to finish ahead of defending District 13 champion, Post 74 Albemarle, with a berth in the coveted American Legion State Championship, held this year in Williamsburg. Last year, Post 89 defeated Post 74 twice during the regular season.
Of course there are the “what if” scenarios that could put Post 89 in the driver’s seat. Having former VHSL Group AA Player of the Year, Damion Carroll, and four-spot power hitter Zak Kegley on staff could have added a huge boost in their offensive and defensive personnel; but they are not on the roster this season. After posting a 2-0 start, Post 89’s status of flying under the radar could be in jeopardy. “I am hoping we can improve by winning one-run games, and limiting errors,” Landino said.
Looking down the road, the 18 and under age limit rule will return in 2015. The rule will limit the impact of veteran players, while encouraging new growth amongst new players competing in off-season summer baseball. With a team filled with nine 19-year olds, the summer baseball cycle will come to an end for many Post 89 players this season.
Other challenges will also face Post 89 such as whether or not Landino will continue coaching and financing a team that does not have a true home field. Throughout a summer baseball season, costs can total up to well over $8,000. Taking Post 89 King George out of the equation will have a devastating impact on area player summer baseball options.
American Legion baseball enables players to play against teams of equal to higher baseball skills, while sharpening their personal abilities during the off-season.