Pittsburg Post 64 returns to action today in another Pittsburg Legion/Fort Scott CC showcase tournament at JayCee Ballpark.
Post 64, 4-3 overall this season, takes on the Mount Vernon 39ers (9 a.m.) and the Kansas Crush Elite (11:15 a.m.) in today's doubleheader.
Post 64 faces the Andover Trojans in the 8:15 p.m. nightcap Saturday and plays the 9 a.m. early bird special again on Sunday against the Neosho Wildcats.
Other teams scheduled to participate: BC Cubs, Lawrence Cactus and KC Yankees.
Past showcases have brought in talent like Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State) and Mason Mantle (Northwest Texas CC and third cousin of Mickey Mantle).
Last week, for example, Mac-N-Seitz featured the Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year in Colby Fitch, who drove in four runs against Post 64 with a three-run triple and a solo home run.
Fitch, a Rocheport (pop. 239) native who attends Columbia Hickman, batted .500 with 25 runs scored, five homers and 22 RBI (.960 slugging percentage) his junior season and he gave the University of Louisville a verbal commitment. The Cardinals are one of the eight College World Series teams.
Post 64 went 3-2 last weekend — 8-5 loss to Arkansas Express, 2-1 win over Next Level Baseball, 3-2 win over Arkansas Express, 14-1 loss to Mac-N-Seitz and 9-1 win over the Midwest Black Sox.
“3-2 against good competition,” Post 64 head coach Mike Watt said after the Sunday night showcase-ending win. “Really, we let one game get away from us but other than that, I thought we competed very well all weekend.
“I think that’s a sign of our maturity. We have a bunch of seniors-to-be and graduated seniors. Overall, we’re a mature team. The kids realize everybody has a bad day and that’s a good thing about baseball. You get to play another game . . . again, I think it was maturity and I thought they came out with a good attitude.
“We’ve only been together for 10 days but these guys get along well. They work together well and it shows up on the field. They have great chemistry in the dugout. They work together. They trust each other and that’s part of being a good team.”
Post 64 won a pair of one-run games, benefiting from multiple double plays, especially against Next Level Baseball.
PITTSBURG LEGION/FORT SCOTT CC CLASSIC
AT JAYCEE BALLPARK
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
9 a.m. — Pittsburg Post 64 vs. Mount Vernon 39ers
11:15 a.m. — Kansas Crush Elite vs. Pittsburg Post 64
1:30 p.m. — Mount Vernon 39ers vs. Kansas Crush Elite
3:45 p.m. — BC Cubs vs. Lawrence Cactus
6 p.m. — Andover Trojans vs. Lawrence Cactus
8:15 p.m. — KC Yankees vs. BC Cubs
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
9 a.m. — Neosho Wildcats vs. Kansas Crush Elite
Page 2 of 2 - 11:15 a.m. — BC Cubs vs. Neosho Wildcats
1:30 p.m. — Mount Vernon 39ers vs. BC Cubs
3:45 p.m. — Lawrence Cactus vs. KC Yankees
6 p.m. — Andover Trojans vs. BC Cubs
8:15 p.m. — Pittsburg Post 64 vs. Andover Trojans
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
9 a.m. — Pittsburg Post 64 vs. Neosho Wildcats
11:15 a.m. — Neosho Wildcats vs. Lawrence Cactus
1:30 p.m. — Kansas Crush Elite vs. Andover Trojans
3:45 p.m. — Kansas Crush Elite vs. KC Yankees
6 p.m. — Mount Vernon 39ers vs. KC Yankees