Eddie Tisdale, first-year head baseball coach at York Comprehensive High School, is convinced American Legion baseball is the way to go in the summer.
“York American Legion baseball draws all of my high school players,” said Tisdale, head coach of York’s Post 66 team.
“I only have a couple guys that don’t attend York,” he said. “American Legion baseball gives me a chance to see my younger kids, rising sophomores and rising juniors and seniors, in action. It’s a chance to see how they are progressing and to make sure they are getting the work they need.”
Tisdale believes one-school communities such as York have an advantage.
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“We’re not like the combined Fort Mill and Nation Ford schools,” he said. “And we’re not like Rock Hill that has the Chester guys, Rock Hill guys and Northwestern guys. I think that’s a good thing for us. I think it gives us an advantage that it doesn’t give a lot of other teams.”
Tisdale said Clover head baseball coach Hank Wofford, who heads the Post 38 team, is in the same boat.
“He’s got a lot of his high school guys. I’ve got a lot of my high school guys,” said Tisdale. “We go over to Rock Hill and Fort Mill and we’re gonna see Division 1 caliber arms that we’re seeing every game, it seems like. Such competition is only going to benefit our guys, moving them forward.”
The York coach said the Post 66 team is not where it wants to be with wins and losses at this stage.
“Our Junior Legion team has played well, especially our JV players,” he said. “Our Senior Legion team has played well at times, though there’s definitely room for improvement.”
Tisdale said most of the Cougars’ returning varsity players are on the Post 66 roster. “I’m pretty pleased with the development of our kids at this point,” said Tisdale.
Though he is looking for more wins to bolster the team’s 2-6 record, Tisdale has been pleased with the manner in which the Post 66 players have responded to the demands of legion play halfway through the season.
“We’ve played some competitive games and we’ve played some tight games, Tisdale said. He said he’s looking for more consistency the second half of the season.