Final Thoughts on the Price American Legion Raptors Season


Photo by Jeff Barrett

Price American Legion baseball head coach Willie Ellington was proud of his team and its effort throughout the summer season, which began in May and concluded mid-July. “I am beyond proud of these guys because they were always the underdog and they never quit,” he said.

As far as wins and losses go, it was not the best season for the Price American Legion team. But, as is true in life, it is not always about how one handles success but how one responds in the face of opposition. These boys showed that they have a lot of character and willingness to dig in and stay strong when things did not go their way. In the words of their coach, “It’s how you play the game. And they played the game well.”

According to Ellington, Riley Smith had an excellent season on the mound. “He could pitch on any team. He’s got a great attitude, a great arm, a great bat. He’s a great all-around player,” said Ellington.

Coach Ellington also went on to highlight a number of other players. Gannon Ward is a great catcher with a great arm and a wonderful bat and attitude. Wylee Sherman has really progressed in his skills and attitude. “Next year, he as the ability to be one of the best players in the league.” Chase Magann also did a wonderful job on the mound and displayed a great attitude, he said.

“Thank you to the young men who finished the season,” Ellington concluded. “Thank you to assistant coach Rich Magann and a special thank you to assistant coach Gary Mott for all his help and making sure everyone was at practice. A big thank you to our sponsors: Frank’s Glass Shop, Patricia Baker and Peczuh Printing. We look forward to 2020.”

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