Blackmon to lead Post 31 baseball

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Bruins coach to guide senior team

By Robert Howey

Lancaster High School baseball coach Brett Blackmon will guide the 2009 Lancaster American Legion Post 31 baseball team in its 66th season.

Blackmon, a Lancaster native who played high school baseball in Lancaster, is coming off his first season as the Lancaster High School head baseball  coach.

In 21 seasons as a high school head baseball coach, Blackmon has a 254-209 record.

Blackmon has also served as a North-South All-Star coach on two occasions.

Prior to coming to Lancaster, his prep alma mater, Blackmon coached eight seasons at Great Falls High School where he resurrected the Red Devils’ program into a Class A baseball power.

In his last five seasons at GFHS, Blackmon led the Red Devils to five Class A postseason appearances. The 2007 Red Devils won their first Conference III-A baseball title and went 19-8.

“Coach Blackmon does a great job representing what American Legion baseball stands for,” Lancaster Post 31 athletic officer Mike Lucas said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the P-31 team.”

Blackmon has also served as a head coach at Eastside High School in Taylors and Dreher High in Columbia. Blackmon played high school baseball at Lancaster under John Daurity and Al Berry.

Blackmon is a physical education and health teacher at A.R. Rucker Middle School where he also coaches the Rams’ football team.

He will be assisted by Tyler Anderson, an assistant with the Legion team last season and an assistant coach at Lancaster High School the last two seasons.

Steve Sinclair, who has worked with the Lancaster High softball program and area youth baseball, will also assist with the P-31 senior team.

The Post 31 junior team, which earned a first-ever state tournament bid in Lake City last season, will again be led by Michael Anderson, who will be assisted by Josh Pauling. The 2008 Lancaster Post 31 junior team went 16-10 and qualified for the playoffs as the League V runner-up.

Pauling coaches cross country and junior varsity baseball at LHS. He is a social studies teacher at Lancaster High.

Player registration for the 2009 Lancaster Legion teams closes today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Legion Building adjacent to Post 31’s Eggleton Field at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds on South Main Street. Player tryouts will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Eggleton Field.

Lucas said players from Lancaster, Andrew Jackson and Buford high schools are eligible to play for the Post 31 teams.

Players who live close to Lancaster and attend Indian Land or Central High School of Pageland are also eligible. Players are required to bring their original birth certificate to registration.

The Lancaster senior team will play in League V which includes Rock Hill Post 34, Chester Post 27, Fort Mill Post 43 and Clover Post 38.

The senior team plays a 16-league schedule.

The Lancaster Legion junior team plays in League V which includes Chester, Gaffney, Rock Hill, Union and York.

The junior team plays a 15-game league schedule.

Lucas noted a couple of upcoming dates.

The annual Post 31 junior-senior baseball game is set for May 22 at Eggleton Field.

The annual Post 31 charity ride will be held May 30.

Registration is set for Timeouts, with the ride to conclude at the Kickstand.

For details, call Chuck “Catfish” Hunter at 320-7475, or Lucas at 283-7820.