Post 199 bows out at Legion state tourney
KC Varsity Post 199, an American Legion baseball team with players from Basehor-Linwood and Piper high schools, compiled a 1-2 record in the Class AAA State Legion Baseball Tournament in late July in Dodge City.
Basehor-Linwood players Tyler Henley and Destry Bryan played for Post 199 and helped it defeat McPherson, 10-0, in the first round of the tournament.
Things went downhill from there for Post 199, however. It lost to Pittsburg in the second round and then fell to Manhattan in an elimination game.
One reason for the tournament struggles this season was that the team moved up from Class A last year to Class AAA this season, which made the competition much tougher.
Against Pittsburg, Post 199 faced a pitcher who had been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Neither loss came to a weak team. Manhattan went on to become the tournament champion while Pittsburg won the 2008 and 2009 state championships.
While the season didn’t end with a high finish in the state tournament, Rick Bryan — one of the team’s coaches — said it was a solid season for the club comprised of the two BLHS players, eight from Piper and one from Tonganoxie. Most of the players have been together since they were 10 years old.
Post 199 had a 32-7 record in the regular season, including winning a tournament in Lawrence in June.
June was a busy month as the team played 30 games in 31 days.
In the championship game in Lawrence, Post 199 defeated a team comprised of players from Bishop Ward High School — the reigning Class 4A state champion.
Post 199 also won a tournament in Doniphan County.
While Post 199 was young for its age group, coach Bryan said the squad handled the jump to a tougher division admirably and put together a successful season.
Individually, Bryan and Henley each batted above .400. Bryan Rezin of Piper hit 16 home runs as the team’s leadoff hitter.