SUNRISE SUMMIT — Romney Post 91 has had a remarkable season so far in 2019 establishing a record of (20-6) but this team is destined to do bigger things starting in late July as participants and hosts of the West Virginia American Legion State Tournament.
“This is the first time we have hosted the state tournament as far as I know,” stated interim manager Trevor Largent.
“This is a great opportunity for our kids to play at beautiful Golden Park, a place we are familiar with, and a fantastic advantage for our fans to show up in full support of our team.”
Romney currently uses Golden Park on the campus of Potomac State as their 2nd home field throughout the American Legion season and several kids on the Post 91 roster use Golden Park as their home field during the school year as members of the Catamounts.
Tobin Cain, Foster Conis, and Justin “Chops” Stone currently play for Potomac State and Hampshire graduates Collin Sulser and Dustin Hott will be joining the Catamounts this fall.
Because Romney is already penciled in as a participant in the state tournament, they do not need to win the area bracket to qualify, however, the goal to be the best team in the area remains intact.
“It’s nice to know we have a fallback with an automatic bid into the state tournament, but our first goal is to repeat as area champs, something we have done 3 years in a row,” Largent said.
There are a total of 6 teams that will be competing in the state tournament and squads from outside of the area will be housed on the Potomac State campus in the dormitories.
Potomac State Baseball Head Coach Doug Little was instrumental in helping land the bid for Romney Post 91 to host the American Legion State Tournament.
“We love having kids play on our field, especially kids from West Virginia,” said Coach Little.
“For us it’s a great tool to recruit kids to Potomac State to play for us.”
With the depth, talent, experience and chemistry on this Romney roster, Post 91 has the pieces in place to finish at the pinnacle. Perhaps having home-field advantage will be the x-factor in terms of doing something no Post 91 team has ever done; win the state tournament.
“The highest we have finished is 3rd place,” said Largent.
“Hopefully this will be our year to win it all.”
The American Legion senior tournament is scheduled to start on Wednesday, July 31, with a banquet at the armory in the evening and play will commence the following day. o