Price American Legion season is underway and rolling along
The Price American Legion team opened its season over the Memorial Day weekend hosting Rock Springs, Wyo., for three games. While the outcome was not what the team wanted, Coach Willie Ellington said he saw some really good things from his players. Rock Springs swept the series 18-9, 12-3 and 21-1.
In the opener on Sunday Tyson Damron took the mound against the Mustangs. Joe Lopez went 3-3 at the plate.
On Tuesday it as Lopez that was the starter and then Justin Sherman and Anthony Montoya finished up. In both games Coach Ellington saw both good and bad from his players on the diamond.
"I hope this helps them understand how important it is to be at every practice and work hard. These kids didn't play high school ball and these first few games are kinda like our tryouts. I used it to see what the kids could do."
In the final game injuries played a role as Ellington sat out a few of his starters. None of the injuries were serious, but Ellington wanted to make sure his players were ready for the full season ahead. Lopez took the mound again, but a blister affected his delivery. Nick Rhodes came on in middle relief and then Montoya closed it up. Montoya struggled a lot in the final outing of the series.
Price had two games against Roosevelt on June 2. Price was already down three games for the new season. The first game was pretty quiet for Price until the 4th inning. Both Austin Adderley and Carl Wilson hit singles and get on base but nobody was able to bring them into score. In the top of the 5th, Chris Smith hit a double followed by a single by Dalen Wilson scoring Smith. Also Carl Wilson and Tyson Damron both hit doubles and scored. Unfortunately Price lost the first game. Price's second game Tyson Damron hits a home run first for him and the team this year. In the bottom of the 6th, Price got a rally going and scored 5 runs to win the first game of the year 8-3. Price is getting geared up for an away game series at Rock Springs, Wyo., from Friday thru Sunday.
"This is a young team, but I am optimistic about their chances for wins as the season progresses," added Ellington.