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FUNKHOUSER AMERICAN LEGION Mon, 09 Jul 2018 03:21:23 +0000 FUNKHOUSER BASEBALL AMERICAN LEGION FUNKHOUSER AMERICAN LEGION WEVV with hitters like ryan long in the top 10 in terms of batting average. funkhouser american legion baseball is a staple on the west side of evansville. so many great players have come and gone through that system. but with travel ball on the rise ... it makes it tough on legion baseball as a whole ... which has been developing high school age players since 1925. funkhouser doesn't care what the numbers are ... they will do baseball the right way ... and have fun doing it. from the outside looking in ... commitment to american legion baseball is not what it used to be. "... that's what we try to convey to some of these kids." travel ball is bigger than ever ... perhaps for the wrong reasons at times. "... and we'll still be practicing." while some of that may be opinion ... there's no doubt the top players gravitate toward travel ball. "you never play on that college field." because before travel ball ... some of the biggest names played american legion baseball ... and around evansville ... played for funkhouser. "... going for a long time." and they are still teaching the same core values. "... there's a lot of respect there for of course our country ... and our veterans." and it's not like the competition isn't there ... over 100 thousand people pack the stadium in shelby north carolina for the american legion world series. some of the current m-l-b superstars like bryce harper ... and kris bryant ... played legion baseball. but above all ... the organization promotes team unity ... and building lasting friendships. post eight ... better known as funkhouser ... draws kids from mater dei and reitz. normally bitter rivals ... but during the summer ... they come together to play legion baseball. "... we're all cheering for the westsiders" (white flash) "... of who's the better school." it's a unique experience you have to see to believe. so they let me experience it first-hand during an inter-squad scrimmage. from the outfield to second base ... to drawing a walk ... to running the bases ... to scoring a run ... one thing was clear ... this team likes to have fun. (nat pop) and during a rain delay against the indiana stix ... they turned a waiting game into a jousting match. "... so we won." (nat pop) it's the perfect example of what legion baseball is all about. using fun ... camaraderie and teamwork to play the game the right way ... and play it well. (nat pop) so no matter what happens with travel ball ... legion ball will stay the same ... and they will always welcome players with open arms to a post and an organization with decades of rich history. "... become better baseball players and everything else that goes along with

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