State Champion 1963 and 1964 ... State Runner-Up 1957
Region 5 Champion 1956, 1957, 1963 and 1964
Region 7 Champion 1971, 1972, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989 and 2010
South Lakes Legion League Champion 1987 and 1988
Lakes Area Legion League Co-Champion 2003, 2007 and 2011 Eastern Division Champion 2009 and 2010
Quote of the Day
"He had a defect which to a comic might be fatal. He wasn't funny." — Henny Youngman
Welcome to the home page of the Kenosha Legion Post 21 baseball team. The team is sponsored by The American Legion, Paul Herrick Post 21 of Kenosha and affiliated with the Kenosha Merchants Baseball Club. The Merchants compete in the Lakes Area Legion League and the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Class AAA tournament.
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Merchants Take Tournament Title
The Kenosha Merchants continued their domination of area opponents by taking a pair of games Sunday in the Genoa City Father’s Day Invitational in the process of taking the tournament championship.
In the first game, Garrett Arnold pitched six strong innings and Manny Santana homered to lead the Kenosha Merchants to a 7-1 win over the Illinois Bobcats. With the win, the Merchants (7-2) finished 3-0 in pool play.
Arnold (2-0) allowed one earned run with five hits, six strikeouts and no walks. Brian Dickow finished with a scoreless seventh.
Kenosha scored a run on a balk in the first and added two more in the third, the first on Santana's long home run to left center and the second on Tony DeBartolo's RBI single. The Merchants broke the game open with three more in the fifth, highlighted by Kevin Tibor's sacrifice fly and Colton Lee's RBI single.
In the championship game, the Merchants used a 14-hit attack to back up a combined two-hitter by Tyler Salmons and Tibor to defeat Jefferson 7-0.
Kenosha (8-2 overall) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first with Lee's sacrifice fly and a two-run single by Kyle Jones and added a run in the second on Cameron Smith's groundout.
A sacrifice fly by Jones sandwiched between an RBI triple by Salmons and Trever Arnold's RBI double closed out the scoring for the Merchants.
Salmons (2-0) went the first five innings, allowing both Jefferson hits with three walks and one strikeout. Tibor finished with two strong innings, striking out three.
Merchants Take Two In Tournament
The Kenosha Merchants opened play in the Genoa City Father's Day Invitational Saturday by taking a pair of games in pool play and putting themselves in a position to play for the tournament championship. Both of the Merchants' games were shortened to five innings because of rain, which delayed the start of the day's action.
In the opener, Kyle Kutzler pitched a complete-game four hitter and Kevin Tibor went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs as the Kenosha Merchants defeated Mundelein, Ill., 7-1 at Torstenson Field at Krisik Park.
Kutzler (1-0) walked one and struck out seven in five innings of work. Mundelein scored its only run in the fifth after the Merchants had built a 7-0 lead.
With Kenosha already leading 2-0, Tibor doubled to drive in Tony DeBartolo, and then Colton Lee followed with a triple to the right-center field gap. DeBartolo and Tibor also drove in runs in the fourth. Trever Arnold also had an RBI single.
In the second game of the day, for the second time in three days, the Kenosha Merchants recorded a walk-off win over Waterford.
Cameron Smith's two-out double to the right-center field gap scored Jake Costabile from first as the Merchants erased a 2-0 deficit and scored a 3-2 win over Waterford in the Genoa City Father's Day Invitational.
Waterford scored two unearned runs in the second, but the Merchants (6-2 overall) scored single runs in each of their last three at-bats.
With the game tied at 2-2, Costabile drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth. Smith then drilled a 1-0 pitch to the fence in right center and Costabile scored without a play.
The Merchants scored a walk-off win Thursday night over Waterford, and like that night, Brian Dickow (3-0) picked up the win in relief.
Merchants Get Walkoff Win
Drew Luscomb's two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Kenosha Merchants a 4-3 win over Waterford in a Lakes Area Legion League game at Carthage College's Augie Schmidt Field.
The Merchants held a 3-1 lead, but Waterford had rallied to tie the score with two runs in the top of the seventh. Brian Dickow (2-0) came in to get the final out in the seventh and retired the side in order in the eighth.
Colton Lee led off with a line drive single to center. Kyle Jones sacrificed Lee to second, and Zach Wade moved Lee to third with an infield grounder before Luscomb lined a single to right.
Rain Washes Away Merchants, Redlegs
The scheduled game between the Kenosha Merchants and Genoa City was rained out in the top of the first. The Redlegs had a runner on first and two out when play was stopped.
No makeup date has been announced.
Merchants Edge UG On Combined No-Hitter
Cameron Smith and Brian Dickow combined to no-hit Union Grove, and the Kenosha Merchants pushed across the game's only run on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze in a 1-0 victory over Union Grove Tuesday night in a Lakes Area Legion League game at Union Grove.
Smith (12) and Dickow (3) combined to strike out 15 Broncos, and the Merchants overcame five errors to keep the Broncos at bay.
The no-hitter was Kenosha's first since 2010, when Brenden Schulz no-hit Zion, Ill., in a 2-0 Merchants win.
Tied after seven innings, Tyler Salmons led off the eighth with a walk and Kyle Jones beat out a bunt single. Both runners advanced on a double steal before Zach Wade scored pinch runner Iver Iversen with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze.
Dickow (1-0) retired the final three Broncos for the win.
Merchants Rally Past Blues
The Kenosha Merchants scored nine runs in their last three at-bats to erase a three-run deficit and defeat the Norwood (Ill.) Blues Sunday at Carthage College's Augie Schmidt Field.
Kyle Jones hit a two-run home run and Trever Arnold drove in another run with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze in a five-run sixth wich put Kenosha ahead to stay. Tyler Salmons added and RBI triple in the seventh along with Arnold's RBI single.
Garrett Arnold (1-0) earned the win with 2-2/3 shutout innings in relief, and Kyle Kluver pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth with the help of the third of three double plays turned by the Merchants' defense then got the last three outs for the save.
Merchants Drop Pair To Sheboygan
A 10-run deficit after two innings proved too much for the Kenosha Merchants to overcome as Sheboygan took the opener of a scheduled doubleheader, 12-5, Saturday at Augie Schmidt Field.
Kyle Jones delivered a bases-loaded double to drive in three of Kenosha's runs to highlight a five-run fourth which got the Merchants within five but Kenosha could get no closer.
In the nightcap, the Merchants were unable to capitalize in several scoring opportunities, dropping a 4-1 decision to Sheboygan.
Alex Kerpan drove in the Merchants' only run in the seventh inning with a single but the Merchants left the bases loaded. Kenosha stranded eight baserunners in the game.
Merchants Blank Redbirds In Opener
The Kenosha Merchants opened their promising 2013 season with a 6-0 victory over Waukegan, Ill., at Carthage College's Augie Schmidt Field.
Tyler Salmons and Manny Santana combined on a three-hitter and also combined for 14 strikeouts. Salmons (1-0) struck out nine in five innings while Santana struck out five, including the side in the seventh.
Garrett Arnold delivered a bases-loaded double in the second and added an RBI single in the sixth. Trever Arnold and Alex Kerpan each drove in a run, and Kerpan threw out a Waukegan runner at the plate to end the sixth inning and keep the shutout intact.
Merchants Open 2013 Season
Seeking to return to the Class AAA American Legion State Tournament appearance for the second time in four years, the Kenosha Legion Post 21 baseball team will open the 2013 season against Waukegan, Ill., Post 281 Friday at Carthage College’s Augie Schmidt Field. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Merchants finished 19-21 in 2012 but have a revamped roster featuring many of the high school standouts from Bradford and Tremper, including pitchers Kevin Tibor, Colton Lee and Kyle Kutzler, as well as players from Indian Trail and St. Joseph.
“We could be on the verge of one of those once-in-a-career seasons. I’d have to go back to my state qualifier in Racine in 1990 to find this much talent on one roster, especially pitching,” says manager Peter DiGaudio, in his 11th season as the Merchants’ skipper, of a team that finished 34-12 and finished tied for fifth in the state tournament that year. “On paper, we should be one of the top teams in Wisconsin. This is our best chance to win the state tournament here in at least 25 years. As coaches, we are excited to get going.”
Kenosha’s last state title came in 1964, the second of consecutive titles, under the legendary Andy Smith.
Longtime Post 21 manager Amel Bolyard, Carthage College coach Augie Schmidt — recently inducted into both the NBCA Hall of Fame and WBCA Hall of Fame — and Jeff Barsuli, president and founder of the Kenosha Merchants Baseball Club, will throw out the ceremonial first pitches. The Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans will conduct the presentation of colors.
Tyler Salmons, a four-year starter for the Merchants and a recent St. Joseph graduate, will get the start for Kenosha.
Who's On First
The classic Abbott and Costello routine. Funny every time you watch it.
Since The Cubs Last Won The World Series ...
Radio was invented; Cubs fans got to hear their team lose.
TV was invented; Cubs fans got to see their team lose.
Baseball added 14 teams; Cubs fans get to see and hear their team lose to more clubs.
George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays.
Haley's comet passed Earth twice.
Harry Caray was born....and died. Incredible, but true.
The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.
Man landed on the moon, as have several home runs given up by Cubs pitchers.
Seventeen U.S. presidents were elected.
There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution.
Prohibition was created and repealed.
The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered and became the subject of major motion pictures, the latest giving Cubs fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top.
Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League.
Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down.
A combination of 40 Summer and Winter Olympics have been held.
Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown; several thanked Cubs pitchers.
Bell-bottoms came in style, went out of style and came back instyle; disco did the same.
The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins have all won the World Series. The Diamondbacks and Marlins didn't even exist as franchises until the 1990s.
The Cubs played 14,153 regular-season games; they lost the majority of them.
Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico were admitted to the Union.
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GKYBSA Web Site
The website for the Greater Kenosha Youth Baseball-Softball Association is up and running. The GKYBSA is a group of civic-minded people supporting baseball and fastpitch in Kenosha.
1938 - Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season. He is in uniform for batting demonstrations the following day.
1953 - Red Sox rookie outfielder Gene Stephens becomes the only AL player to get three hits in the same inning, as Boston scores 17 in the seventh inning in a 23-3 romp over Detroit. The Red Sox send 23 to the plate in the seventh, getting 14 hits and six walks — 20 runners — in succession before third baseman George Kell flies out to end it.
1960 - The Giants, a big favorite to win the pennant in a preseason poll of writers taken by The Sporting News, change managers, replacing Bill Rigney with Tom Sheehan. Horace Stoneham's team is 33-25 and trails only Pittsburgh. At 66 years, two months, and 18 days, Sheehan is the oldest rookie manager in major-league history.
1962 - Hank Aaron of the Braves reaches the left-center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds, the second player to find the center field bleachers in two days and only the third ever. The Braves beat the Giants 7-1.
1972 - By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court confirms lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws and the legitimacy of its reserve clause. Its decision is narrowly construed, however, and leaves the way open for legislation or collective bargaining to undercut the reserve system.
1975 - Boston rookie Fred Lynn drives in 10 runs with three home runs, a triple, and a single during a 15-1 drubbing of Detroit. Lynn's 16 total bases tie an American League record.
1976 - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the A's sales, totaling $3.5 million, of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox and Vida Blue to the Yankees, saying they are 'not in the best interest of baseball.' A's owner Charlie Finley files a $10 million damage suit against Kuhn, and will refuse to use any of the three players until June 27.
1977 - New York's Reggie Jackson loafs after a fly ball during a 10-4 loss to Boston and is taken out by manager Billy Martin. Jackson and Martin nearly come to blows in the dugout as national television cameras watch.
1986 - California's Don Sutton becomes the 19th pitcher in Major League BaseballL history to win 300 games, beating the Rangers 3-1 on a three-hitter.
1995 - Detroit manager Sparky Anderson moves into third place on the all-time list with his 2,158th win. He passes Bucky Harris with the Tigers' 10-8 victory over Baltimore.
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