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Williamsport folds its senior legion team

January 11, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — The Funkstown Post 211 baseball team will once again be the only senior American Legion team in Washington County.

Duane Myers, the president of the Williamsport Senators junior legion team, has folded the Williamsport Nationals senior legion team after a three-year run, leaving Funkstown to carry the county torch.

“It was a tough decision, not an easy one to make,” said Myers. “We had the senior team for three years, but the best we came in was fourth in the Western Maryland District. Looking at our situation, we were only getting players from Williamsport and Boonsboro. Only drawing from two schools, we couldn’t be competitive with Frederick and Mount Airy — the bigger teams. With this generation of kids, after losing a lot of games, they move on and do something else. They weren’t interested in playing.”

Myers will preside over the Senators — a team of players ages 15 and 16 that will celebrate its 10th anniversary this season — for at least one more year. The Senators have won three Potomac Junior Legion league championships.

Meanwhile, Funkstown — which reached the state tournament last year for the first time since winning the state title in 2005 — will have the entire county from which to draw 18 players for its senior legion team (ages 15-19).

“All the junior legion kids will go to Duane and the senior legion kids will come here,” Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. “I think it’s a win-win for the county. Our state title came when there was one team in the county. ... With Duane doing the junior program, we’ll be able to build our farm. There’s a lot of talent in this county and it’s going to be a tough choice, a tough cut. But we’ll be able to compete with the bigger districts.”

For more information on Funkstown senior legion baseball visit the website at www.leaguelineup.com/post211.

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