CLOVER — The Post 38 American Legion team closed out the season losing a best-of-five playoff series to the Chapin American Legion team.
The Clover junior legion team also fell to Greenwood in state playoff competition
Despite the losses, head coach Darrell VanDyke said the American Legion baseball experience was beneficial for the 45 players.
“It was a productive summer,” said VanDyke, also head coach of the Clover High School baseball team.
With so many kids showing interest in American Legion baseball, VanDyke filled three rosters. In addition, two junior teams competed.
“We had a good many young players competing against experienced legion players, some of them from college teams,” said VanDyke. “Competition like this raises their level of play.”
VanDyke said the high school baseball players benefited from American Legion competition.
“We had one York kid that will be a better player for York Comprehensive High School next season because of the legion experience,” he said.
VanDyke would like to see more York players become part of the Post 38 program. He believes Clover and York can become a force in legion play in the region.
“It would be good if we had a western York County American Legion team some day,” said VanDyke. “Kids playing baseball in the summer is a good thing for both communities.”
VanDyke said was pleased with the level of commitment this summer.
“While other legion teams fell behind with so many kids vacationing, some of our players stayed with their summer football commitment and were there for us later in the day,” VanDyke said.