ROMNEY, W.Va. - Last week Romney Post 91 crossed the Mason-Dixon Line to compete in the Pennsylvania Bedford Wooden Bat Invitational and the sticks in the dugout were so hot they could have been used as kindling to start a campfire. Romney swung the lumber with such intensity that Smokey the Bear declared south central Pennsylvania under Extreme Danger of Fire. On the final day of tournament play, Post 91 scored 29 runs lambasting Latrobe 17-5 in the semifinal game and smashing Somerset 12-3 in the title game.
Since the calendar flipped over to the month of July the boys on Post 91 have played in 8 games, taking home a victory in seven of those contests. On July 6th Romney had their composite bats back in hand and they pounded out two victories over a solid Fairmont squad in back to back games, 5-3 and 17-7. On Saturday Post 91 took a trip to Kingwood, W.Va. for an important doubleheader against Preston Post 56 and the offense stayed red hot as they racked up a total of 20 runs, winning game one 6-0 and game two 14-6. On Sunday Romney faced off against Sykesville Post 223 in a doubleheader walking away with a victory 17-12 before finally losing their first game this month by the score of 9-4.
Some of the highlights from the men of Mineral County include the performance of Frankfort’s Foster Conis over the weekend. Foster absolutely torched the Sykesville pitching staff accumulating 6 hits in the doubleheader. Perhaps even more impressive was his performance against Preston in the doubleheader going 8-for-10 at the plate and scoring 6 runs. Coming off a ridiculous senior season for Frankfort which Conis hit for an average of .415, he has continued to dominate at the plate so far this American Legion season hitting .405.
Falcon star Wyatt Yates has found some rhythm at the plate this summer hitting for an average of .373. On the mound Yates has tossed 24.2 innings striking out 26 batters and posting an ERA of 2.55, however a broken nose suffered recently has relegated Wyatt to the bench. Yates believes his nose will heal in time for the start of the American Legion playoffs, but is willing to wear a mask if required to play.
Frankfort Falcon youngster Brady Whitacre has handled his duties behind the plate with confidence especially when his brother Zack is on the mound. Brady has continued to improve in the batters box smacking an average of .327 in 65 plate appearances this summer. Brady’s impressive hitting statistics have given him temporary bragging rights in the house over his older brother Zack who currently holds a batting average of .308 in 92 plate appearances. However, statistics also show that Zack continues to post incredible numbers at the plate, such as a .513 slugging percentage and .904 OPS (On Base Percentage plus Slugging Percentage) which narrowly edges out his younger brother in both categories.
Ryan Shoemaker of the Golden Tornado is comfortable with the ball in his hand no matter the sport. Ryan has excelled as a point guard in basketball, a quarterback in football, and as a pitcher in baseball. Recently Ryan Shoemaker was asked to take the mound against Fairmont in the 7th inning as a relief pitcher with Romney leading 5-2. Two outs away from ending the game, Fairmont managed to load the bases before Shoemaker was asked to save the game. Southpaw Shoemaker quietly executed his pitches with a strikeout, a walk, and a ground-out to wrap up a 5-3 win for Romney.
Next up for Post 91 is a critical doubleheader versus Potomac Valley today, Tuesday July 10th, with first pitch scheduled for 5:30pm. On Wednesday July 11th Romney will play host to Winchester with first pitch scheduled for 7:00pm.