The Post 171 Patriots Baseball program Update
If the mornings are cool and crisp, the sky is a deep azure blue, and the leaves are brushed with golden hues, then we must be in autumn. And if it is autumn, then it is time for Major League Baseball’s Fall Classic…and the annual Post 171 Baseball Banquet.
In keeping with past practice, the banquet represents the program’s end-of-year capstone event as we pause to recognize and to thank those who were instrumental to the success of the program: boosters, coaches, players, volunteer, and families. This year, we also took a moment to honor two Patriot coaches who are departing us after the banquet, Senior Legion Coaches Bob O’Conor and Eric Berringer.
Coach O’Conor, who was our featured speaker, recounted his experiences with our program and what it has meant to him through the years. Bob has been involved in Legion baseball for more than eight years, and more recently, was the head coach for our Junior (2015) and Senior Legion (2016-2017) teams. His 2016 Senior Legion team won the MoCo regular season title. Coach Berringer, a former Post 171 player who played for Coach O’Conor, served as the associate head coach for the Senior Legion for the last two years. Both men will be greatly missed for their leadership and their mentorship of our young men; as they leave us, we wish them well in their future endeavors.
The banquet also was an opportunity to recognize our players who distinguished themselves on-and-off the field. This year’s awardees included the following:
Frank Wodoslasky MVP Award
Damascus HS (formerly)
Unit 171 Mark Smith Fair Play Awards
Seneca Valley HS
Charlie Senseney Memorial Offensive Award
Post 171 Defensive Player Award
Seneca Valley HS
Ken Diggs Memorial Post 171 Dedication Award
Bill Rice Memorial Coaches Award
Senneca Valley HS
Gerald Duvall memorial MVP Award
Congratulations to these young men and their families on their achievements.
Finally, we welcomed Coach Tom Cassera back to the Post 171 baseball family as head coach for the Senior Legion team. Coach Cassera brings a wealth of Legion and collegiate baseball experience, and he has a long history with Post 171. We are excited to have some of his caliber involved with our program.
Finally, a special thanks to the baseball committee members who supported this event and all the special program events during the season. They often labored behind the scenes without fanfare and the spotlight but without them our program would have been diminished. Thanks, fellows.
Of course, it is not too early to start thinking about renewing your booster membership or showing your support by becoming a booster for the 2018 baseball campaign. It will be Spring before you know it.
2017 POST 171 Baseball Committee: Keith Martin (Chairman), Alan Rannals (Assistant Chairman), Sam Baughman, Bob Bellison, George Bolling, Buzz Burroughs, Frank Carpenter, Brownie Chichester, Will Cole, Skip Duvall, Bill Green, Bill Hauptman, and Ron Scott.
2017 POST 171 BASEBALL COACHES – Senior Legion Coaches: Bob O’Conor, Head Coach; Eric Berringer, Associate Head Coach; and Richard Blankenship, Assistant Coach. Junior Legion Coaches – Chris Blackwood, Head Coach; Assistant Coach Kevin Hernandez; Assistant Coach Mike Clack; Assistant Coach John Arensmeyer.
2017 Boosters: Grand Slam – Bob & Ruby Bellison; Dan & Jen Berringer; George & Mary Bolling; Bill Dunn; Dee Myers; Rosser & Barbara Campbell; Liz Litvin; Eric Berringer; Ray Mullican; Keith & Mary Gene Martin; Buzz Burroughs; Roland & Judith Hockenbery; Ernest C. Clifford, Jr; Scott and Susan Carneal; and Tom Ng Home Run – Brownie & Ginny Chichester; Kevin & Evelyn Hernandez; Mark & Betty Jeffers; GK & PJ Johnson; George & Cathy Magas; Bill & Cindy McMinn; Bob & Louise Mullinex; Donald & Betty Nicholson; Alan Rannals; Sandy Siepp; Skip Duvall; William Hauptman; Ann B. Gray; John Walter; Scott & Maria Earhardt; Eugene G. Hilty; Ernest & Helen Screen; Pat Rice; Jim Serritella; and Tony DeShiro Double Hitter - Robert Gladhill; Bob Moxely; Danny Moxley; Debby Moxley; Pat Moxley; Paula Moxley; Mary Robinson; Madalean Darby; Judy Moore; Jack & Mary Beth Talamo; Hazel Hoyle; Sam Baughman; Leonard Senseney; and Harry & June Pearce.
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