ROWLEY — Now that the ping of aluminum bats at the high schools have all but been subdued, many of the area’s best baseball players have joined together to compete as part of the summer’s Post 150 Legion Baseball team.
The opportunity gives some new graduates an opportunity to fine-tune their craft before heading to compete in college, while allowing others to prepare and improve for next year’s high school season. But the team and its season is anything but lackluster, for the level of competition and the compact schedule work to keep the baseball competitive.
“The Legion level that we play at is comparable to a Division III or a Division II college level,” said Post 150 head coach Tim Southall. “It gets the guys ready for the next step. Playing every day will only get you better, so I try to schedule as many games as we can.”
With three games — and three wins — already under its belt in the wooden bat league, the team will play 17 more before July 15: a compact schedule that leaves off days at a premium.
After opening with two games against Haverhill on consecutive days, Post 150 took an unblemished record into its contest with Danvers on Tuesday and received a strong effort from St. John’s Prep standout pitcher Evan Roberts.
Roberts has been regarded by many as the best high school pitcher in the state for his composure and relentlessness on the mound, and for the numbers he posted as a result. Though Prep lost to Bridgewater-Raynham and Braintree to be eliminated from the Super 8 baseball tournament, Roberts was its star — pitching a three-hit shutout performance in round one against Lowell.
“I expect more great things,” Southall said. “He’s a great competitor, he’s had a great high school season and I’m sure that will carry over into Legion. He pitched for us against Danvers and gave us six shutout innings and the win. We’re looking forward to more of that this summer.”