Mint Hill American Legion Baseball Team celebrate end of Season

Mint Hill teammates Bubba Comer, Corbin Berkovics, Matthew Mangum, Jake McDaniel, from Independence and Caleb Barwick from Sun Valley. (Ed Berti)

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Mint Hill pitcher Caleb Barwick from Sun Valley delivers a strike. (Ed Berti)
Mint Hill Legion baseball Coaching staff. (Ed Berti)
Some boys from Junior Legion team celebrate season. (Ed Berti)
2018 Mint Hill Legion Baseball Noah Howie at bat. (Ed Berti)

The American Legion VFW Post 4059 baseball team from Mint Hill celebrated their end of the season annual dinner night.  All the coaches and many of the players attended along with some parents.

The boys of summer had a solid season finishing with a winning record and qualifying for the state playoffs.  Unfortunately, they were the 16th seed and had to play the 1st seed team from Rutherford County in the first round of the state tournament.  The local boys selected from five different high schools in the Mecklenburg and Union County area played well as a team.  They took Rutherford County deep into the best of 5 series to the final game losing in a heart breaker 3-2 on the road.  They defeated the previously undefeated Rutherford County team twice at Independence High School Stadium by scores of 10-4 and 10-5 giving them their only two losses of the season to date.



The only real competition remaining for Rutherford County will be perennial powerhouse Shelby and Cherryville will give them a major test in the state tournament.  The coaches are real proud how the Mint Hill boys handled themselves to gain a playoff spot as only 16 teams qualify for the state championship tournament.

“We are very proud of this team, how they responded to win a big 8-7 game to get into the playoffs, and how we played an undefeated team in the first round of the playoffs.  We played hard aggressive baseball and just came up short of moving into the second round,” said Head Coach Stu Brown.

The dinner was held at Dunwellz in Mint Hill and all those who attended enjoyed some good chicken wings, burgers, and other good food in a jovial and fun atmosphere.  Some of the boys will be moving on to college and others will be entering their junior and senior years at local high schools.  Early next May in 2019 there will be competitive tryouts again for key spots on the team.  Then the boys of summer will be on the diamond competing against many of the best players in the state at this level of competition.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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