DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The temperature is heating up and so is summer baseball as the Dothan American Legion team prepares for its season.
Kids ages 13-15 from all over the Wiregrass are members of the Post 12 team. They are practicing for their first game of the season.
“We’re going to be a young team,” Head Coach Robert “Coach B” Bradford said. “This is mainly a 13-year-old team playing against 15-year-olds. We were able to pick up a few 15-year-olds that are going to be able to help us. They’ll be competitive because we have pitching and we have good defense so I think they’ll be alright.”
Throughout the season players will compete against other American Legion teams from around the state, Dixie teams, and other travel ball teams.
American Legion is a nonprofit organization that helps U.S. war veterans. Post 12 is the only American Legion team in southeast Alabama.
“We have a war veteran that’s in the dugout with us each home game,” Bradford said. So that’s cool for these boys to be able to talk to them and it’s a sense of service to do something for a cause greater than yourself.”
Along with being part of an important cause, players are excited for a variety of things this summer.
“It’s a better organization that has better pitching and better players to go against,” team member Zachary Cook said.
“Pretty much everything, just have fun, hangout with my teammates,” team member Andrew Anners said.
“Getting new friendships, having fun, playing baseball. That’s the main thing I wanna do is play baseball,” team member Klete Meadows said.
Bradford believes playing on this team serves as key prep for young athletes.
“It’s really important for them to play summer ball to get them prepared for next year when they do play more games and move up to a higher level,” Bradford said.
Bradford hopes to add a 17 and under team next year and a 19 and under team the year after that.
Post 12 will take on a Dixie 15 and under team Tuesday, June 1, at Eagle Stadium in Ozark at 6 p.m.
The team still needs a 15-year-old catcher so if your child is interested in playing on the team, contact Bradford at (334) 798-4784.