Lancaster Post 11 American Legion Baseball kicked-off their 2018 season on Friday, June 1st, with an 8-4 win over Coshocton Post 65 Cherokees.
Post 65 put 1 run on the board in the top of the first inning, but Lancaster answered with 7 runs in the bottom. Michael Christ (Lakewood) started the charge with a first-pitch double to right center field gap. Lancaster had four more hits in the inning, sending 8 batters to the plate. Austin McCafferty (Fairfield Union) went 3 for 4 on the night and Derek Buckalew (Fairfield Union) and Lance Phillips (Bloom Carrol) both had 2 RBI’s. Isaac Smith (Fairfield Union / OU-L) landed the win from the mound for Post 11 with 6 K’s and 0 walks over 4 1/3 innings. Adam Smith (Fisher) held down a Coshocton offensive charge in the 5th inning, inducing two outs. Jack Rowland (Fairfield Union) finished the 6th and 7th to close the game, striking out 2 Coshocton batters.
Post 11’s opening win wasn’t the only highlight of the night, though. Coach Al Beavers was honored by throwing out the first pitch to recognize his years of military service to our country and to Fairfield County youth baseball. Also, the opener was attended by both Post 11 alumni and multiple youth baseball teams from around the county.
During the opening night activities, the Fairfield County Baseball Complex Association (FCBCA) announced a new project in the making: A multi-sport, indoor training facility that will be added to Beavers Field. The facility will host all sorts of activities including baseball, softball, soccer, football, volleyball and many more. It will also have indoor driving ranges for golf, 2 pitching tunnels, 4 batting cages and a weight training room. At 15,600 square feet, the new building will be large enough to cover a full size high school baseball infield.
Plans for the new facility can be viewed at Beavers Field or by following the link at the bottom of the article.
A project this size is not possible without help from our Lancaster and Fairfield County Community. FCBCA is a non-profit organization and relies on its community partnerships to serve Fairfield County Youth Baseball. With the new building, FCBCA can extend its service to Fairfield County Youth sports beyond baseball. Would you please consider how you could help FCBCA complete this project? FCBCA is a 501(c) 3 organization and donations are tax deductible,
Coach Al Beavers throwing first pitch
Beavers Field play ground
2018 Lancaster Post 11 Sr ALB Team