2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby Manfred » July 6th, 2018, 10:54 am

Crimson's Ghost wrote:I don't think kids are playing as much baseball - but I don't know if it's the cliche "oh they're just playing video games."  

Kids are specializing these days.  They aren't sitting inside playing video games, they're playing AAU basketball or playing 7-on-7 football.


Also, it sounds like the Legion league is rather bad. If someone asked me where to send their kid to play baseball and they lived in Johnstown - I'd tell them to play in the city league. Why travel to play in Lily and Patton when you can go to Roxbury Park and save on the travel time?

A kid doesn't just "want to play on a city league team" and walk on.  There are only 4 HS/ collegiate teams, and every one of them travels fifty or more miles in search of the 'better players'.  Where does that leave the average or below average kid with weak fundamentals but a desire to play?  Doing SOMETHING else.


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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby Crimson's Ghost » July 6th, 2018, 2:43 pm

American Leagion would seemingly be competing for kids in the Johnstown Colt League, not the AAABA league...right?

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby knowitall » July 6th, 2018, 3:02 pm

Both?

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby Crimson's Ghost » July 6th, 2018, 3:55 pm

What’s the age on American Legion? 

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby Manfred » July 7th, 2018, 8:24 am

When the collegiate league raised its age limit by one year, so did the Legion league. Yes, Colt-age players are eligible for Legion also, but whereas the Legion has no rules regarding participation in another league, the Colt league does, and a couple players who tried to do both have been burnt by it.
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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby lgb87cape » July 7th, 2018, 6:22 pm

Crimson's Ghost wrote:What’s the age on American Legion? 

14-19. Freshman in college as long as you turned 19 after January 1 of that season. 

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby Colonel Mustard » July 8th, 2018, 4:20 pm

I've heard that Highland is a good, stable league. Good volunteers running the league and no problem getting umps. Not for the 'serious' baseball guys, but that's probably why they don't have trouble getting umps.

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby 223113 » July 10th, 2018, 9:01 pm

Saw the brief write-up of yesterday's Lilly/Claysburg game, in the Trib-Dem.

Claysburg beat Lilly 14-11.

Claysburg scored their 14 Runs on only 6 Hits.
Lilly scored their 11 Runs on only 7 Hits.

Wait, what?

Claysburg received 18 (yes, EIGHTEEN) Walks, and Lilly had 3 Errors to help the Claysburg cause.

Lilly received 9 (NINE) Walks, and Claysburg committed 5 Errors.

27 combined Walks, and 8 combined Errors, and 13 combined Hits = What the what?!

Can somebody who was there comment? Both teams out of pitchers due to sore arms? Was the strike zone the size of a soup can?

Holy crap. I can't even make my mind picture picture that. Had to be like perpetually loaded bases.

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby daungst » July 10th, 2018, 10:40 pm

Best response I can give is... It is quite arguably the ugliest game I have ever been involved with as a coach. Lilly was completely out of pitching and threw 4-5 kids who hadn't pitched at all this year and some for years. As far as us, we had a left handed catcher and a shortstop who has not played there before but you play the hand you are dealt and do what you can. This became a huge game for us when Lilly defeated St. Michael the night before. We were up 14-3 and 2 outs from ending the game when the wheels fell off the bus. Gotta give Lilly credit, they never stopped playing... As far as us, when we got up... Our number one priority changed to making sure we had every arm available for Thursday nights first playoff game. Mission accomplished !!! Was an ugly game to coach, even uglier to play and I am certain just as painful to watch as a fan.

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Re: 2018 Cambria County Legion Baseball

Postby 223113 » July 11th, 2018, 1:46 am

Thx.
Wow. Sounds like one crazy game. Even though Lilly's rally fell short, it went a long way to demonstrating that you never give up, until the last out is recorded. Thx again.


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