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Williamsport Nationals to make senior Legion debut this season

February 21, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

For the first time in six years, there will be a Funkstown-Williamsport American Legion baseball rivalry in 2008.

The Williamsport team that was sponsored by Post 202 disbanded after the 2002 season. However, with the help of numerous people and businesses, Williamsport will have a senior Legion team again this year.

"We're just getting a little money from different businesses. Parents are doing fundraisers and raising money," said Duane Myers, who will coach the Williamsport Nationals senior Legion team. "We'll have both junior and senior Legion teams going this year."

Myers has coached the Williamsport Senators junior Legion team, comprised of players age 15 to 17, since the team was formed in 2002. Last year, the Senators qualified for the NABF World Series in the high school division.

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Myers expects many of the players on that team to move up to the Nationals -- for which the age limit is 19 -- this year.

"The players that are coming back from last year's junior team, most of them are coming up to the senior team, and with these other players who have called me up and have said they'll play for me, it's a good group of kids," Myers said.

The Nationals will draw players from Williamsport, Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Hancock high schools. Funkstown draws players from North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Smithsburg. Players on private school teams in Washington County can choose between Williamsport and Funkstown.

Myers is excited about the return of the in-county rivalry.

"Hopefully, we get a whole lot of people from the area to come out and watch the games," Myers said. "I've known Darryl Powell and his son Phil for a while, and it will be a thrill for me to go against Darryl again, since he'll be helping his son coach."

Registration for the Williamsport Nationals will be held March 30, April 6 and April 13 from 1-4 p.m. at the Williamsport High School baseball field. Tryouts will be held at a later date.

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