Legion teams hit the roads

David Pressgrove

The Craig American Legion baseball teams are taking a road trip to the center of the amateur baseball world, and the best part is, they get to play along the way.

“Some of our guys haven’t played outside of Colorado,” coach Bob Satterwhite said. “We’re going to be a part, albeit a small part, of the biggest thing in the Midwest for baseball.”

The Legion B-team, which is primarily players who will play on next year’s high school varsity team, leave at 8 a.m. this morning for a three-day tournament in Green River, Wyo. Then, on Sunday, they will head to Omaha, Neb., for a three-day tournament. The C-team, which includes the underclassmen of next year’s team, will join the B-team in Omaha.

They will be in Omaha as the College World Series is being played.

The Bulldogs hope to attend a couple of CWS games during their off-time.

During their on-time, the Bulldogs will be playing in 20 to 25 games in the next two weeks. That is half of the games the team has scheduled for summer ball.

“The most we’ve ever played is probably 16 during that span,” third baseman Brad Grinstead said. “We’ll be getting in a lot of baseball.”

A lot of baseball will give a lot of chances for players to play.

“Guys will probably see new positions,” shortstop Chris Winder said. “We’ll probably be all over the place.”

The road trip doesn’t end in Omaha. The B-team will play in Denver the next week against Denver East and Regis.

“You have to either have no job or a flexible boss to do this,” Grinstead said.

Rich Sadvar, who is the new head baseball coach for the high school, said he hoped the guys who go are more than just dedicated to make the trip.

“It takes dedication to leave for so long,” he said. “But they won’t get anything out of it more than a vacation unless they have the desire to learn and get better.”

The players interviewed weren’t short of desire.

“We’ll get to see what it takes to play at another level,” Kyle Sorensen said. “We’ll watch the best college has to offer and we’ll probably face some good teams.”

The B-team is in the 18-and-younger bracket. Eighteen and under means they will face opponents who are just off their freshman year in college.

The C-team is in a 16-and-younger tournament in Omaha.

There are more than 20 athletes making the trip, which has been planned since last summer, Satterwhite said.

“It’s good to have a chance to get away from what we usually do,” Sorensen said. “It should bring us together as a team.”

The Bulldog B-team improved its record to 6-3 with a 10-0 shutout of Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. In the next five days, they will double the amount of games the’ve played.

“It’s a lot of baseball,” Satterwhite said. “But that’s not a bad thing.”

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