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Red Hot Galion-Mansfield Blaze Their Way To State

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/24/2014

As the old saying goes, "it's not how you start it's how you finish". And for the Galion- Mansfield legion baseball squad, that motto would pretty accurately describe their season.

After an abysmal 2-6 start, Galion-Mansfield has been one of the hottest legion baseball teams in the Buckeye state. The team has won 20 of their last 22 ball games, and head coach Ray Peterson says it all started with a confidence boosting tournament win.

"We won a tournament in Port Clinton and that just turned the whole season around," Peterson says. The team then rode that momentum to another tournament win in Coshocton and kept the victories coming all the way through the Ohio Region 3 legion tournament.

Center Fielder Brody Basilone says a big part of the teams success was simply getting acquainted.

"Most of us didn't know each other at the beginning of the season", Basilone says, "but we've all came together."

Galion-Mansfield is now preparing for what once seemed an unlikely trip to the state tournament, as one of eight remaining legion teams in Ohio competing for a spot in the Great Lakes Regionals. In order to make it to the next level, the squad must first get past Napoleon and flame-throwing right-hander Zachary Willeman.

The Kent State commit has been clocked in the mid-90's with his fast ball and was a top pitching recruit in the region, but Galion-Mansfield catcher Chase Baker says he's just like every other human.

"Good for him that he throws well and I hope he does well in college", Baker says, "but he's human. He'll make mistakes and we'll capitalize off of it."

Baker and company will get their shot at Willeman and defending state-champion Napoleon on Wednesday for a 1 pm showdown at Al Beavers Field in Lancaster. Napoleon also won the Great Lakes Regional a season ago and played in the Legion World Series.  The state tournament is double-elimination however, so Galion-Mansfield will still have a shot, win or lose.

   
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