Price legion team ready for second season
The Price American Legion team, led by Coach Willie Ellington, is gearing up for its second season of play.
Organized last year to give a few more boys in the community a chance to play Legion ball, they are looking to reach out to anyone who wants to play and either didn't make the cut at the Helper try-outs or just want to come out for the Price team.
Ellington wants to remind the boys that even though there is a Price based team and a Helper based team, neither team is limited to kids in those communities. Both teams recruit from all of Carbon, Emery and Grand counties as they look for talent on the diamond.
Ellington is expecting most of his team from last season to return. Many have already made contact with him and have expressed excitement at the opportunity to begin play.
"We will be a bit more experienced and not as young as last season, " he said, "But they did okay last year for a new team."
The team will practice on the Carbon High field and will play their games on the CEU field in north Price. They have 20 games on their schedule so far. Ellington is waiting for the Utah Valley League to get their schedules together and then he will set up more games with several of those teams as well.
The CEU field does not have lights and that hampers the team a bit as they have to schedule games earlier than most teams do so they can finish before darkness sets in. Ellington has looked into the cost to put lights up and it is in the neighborhood of $179,000. He hasn't given up hope that the city may be able to help.
His coaching staff this season will include Tom Farlaino and Stewart Scoville.
The team will have try-outs the day after the Helper team. The date for the Price tryouts is May 26 at 6 p.m. on the Carbon High School field.
Ellington encourages all boys between 16-19 who would like to play Legion ball to come and try out this year.
Since 1925, the American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball program. During the past eight decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball.
The American Legion and their 2.8 million members have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship.