RACINE, Ohio — Tonight’s scheduled all-star showcase marks the official end to the 8th District Legion League American Legion baseball season.
Unfortunately for the Pomeroy Post 39 club, its season unofficially ended way too premature.
That’s because Post 39 — due to a lack of players — forfeited its final six games of the summer, including its two contests last week in the 8th District Legion League tournament.
Post 39 won just two games the entire summer — its season opener (9-0) on June 5 at Parkersburg Post 15 and actually its last on-the-field affair a month later (5-2 on July 6) against Lancaster Post 11.
In between, the Meigs County squad lost 11 outcomes in a row.
After the win over Lancaster, however, Post 39 was forced to forfeit its four remaining league tilts — all four of which were scheduled to be played at home.
The quartet included against Jackson on July 12, against Athens on July 14, and against Pickerington in a doubleheader on July 16.
Post 39 — as a result — went 1-7 in the league, losing 14-4 in the opener at Athens on June 9, 13-4 at Jackson on June 15, and finally 7-2 at Lancaster on June 27.
Speaking of Lancaster, Lancaster’s Beavers Field hosts the annual 8th District Legion League tournament — and all five district teams are automatically entered into the double-elimination event.
But Post 39 forfeited its winners’ bracket game to Lancaster last Sunday (July 17, before doing the same against Athens in a losers’ bracket bout the next night.
The state Legion tournament is set for this week at Lancaster’s Beavers Field.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106