American Legion Post 173 baseball in Philip

Baseball season is here, and this summer Philip has a legion baseball team.

It has been several years since Philip has had a teener baseball team. Now, the team will be called the American Legion Baseball Post 173 in order for older boys to be included in the team. All boys born in the years 1991-1997 are allowed to play on the team.The Philip team is classified in the "B" region of baseball because the Philip High School enrollment is less than 500 students. Throughout the state of South Dakota, there are currently 66 American Legion baseball teams.

The Philip team will not host any home games this year due to the late start-up of the team, and commitment of boys.

Travis DeJong will be coaching the American Legion team this year. Baseball players for the American Legion team include: Ben Stout, Troy Guptill, Colin Van Lint, Karch Foley, Brandon O'Dea, Blaine Hicks, Colter Stout, Jordan Hauk, Cody Young, Trey DeJong, Clint Stout, Cassidy Schnabel, Tate DeJong, Stanley "Bubba" Young, Ryan VanTassel, Paul Guptill, and Austin Pinney.

The June 13 game with Martin was rained out and may be rescheduled to July 5 or 6.

Philip played their first game against Hot Springs on June 17, and lost 10-0. Coach DeJong said, "The first game nerves started the evening for Post 173, but the guys started to settle in and it showed in the second game." Guptill had one hit on a fielders choice. O'Dea reached on an error and had a stolen base. C. Young pitched and gave up ten runs on five hits, with five strike-outs and eight issued walks.

The second game of the evening was also against Hot Springs. Philip lost 12-2. Colter Stout had one hit with one stolen base. Tate DeJong had one hit, scored one run, with three stolen bases. O'Dea had one hit with one stolen base. C. Young had one hit, one RBI, with one stolen base. Trey DeJong had one hit with one stolen base. Guptill, pinch-runner scored one run, with two stolen bases. S. Young, Hicks, and Tate DeJong combined to pitch and gave up 12 runs on eight hits, with six strike-outs and issued seven walks.

"We have an excellent group of willing, athletic ball players to work with this season.We have a lot to learn, but I think we will be very competitive by July. Thank you parents, for letting the guys come out for baseball this summer," said Coach DeJong.