2019 Bob Bellison Red, White, & Blue Baseball Game & Picnic
(In front of Post 171 boosters and family members, Mr. Bob Bellison on the mound throws the first pitch of the season surrounded by coaches, former Post 171 alumni players, and 2019 Senior Legion players. Photo courtesy of Mr. Dave Clemmer.)
On Sunday, May 19th, under azure skies at Damascus High School, Damascus American Legion Post 171 kicked-off the 2019 American Legion baseball season with its annual tribute to Mr. Bob Bellison, a stalwart baseball supporter and baseball committee member since the inception of the program in the mid-1970's.
The 2019 festivities began with presentation of the Colors by the Post 171 Honorary Color Guard (Bill Green, Larry Matthews, Wil Cole, and Brownie Chichester). After the players', alumni's, and coaches' introductions, Mr. Bellison administered the American Baseball Player Oath to this years diamond ambassadors before delivering the first pitch, a strike down the middle according to Mr. Bellison. Shortly thereafter, the baseball squad was divided into two teams, Red and Navy, and played an abbreviated game of 4 innings with the Red squad downing the Navy squad 3 - 0.
Former Post 171 alumni players also were a welcomed addition to this year's event. Bradley and Bryan Jamison (DHS Class 2018) were the honorary coaches for the Red Squad; Tyler Retherford (DHS Class 2018) and US Navy ACAN Bradley Tregoning (CHS Class 2017) were the Navy Squad honorary coaches. Matt Martin (DHS Class of 2018) officiated the game behind the plate.
After the game, everyone was invited to a family-style potluck picnic at the American Legion home for hamburgers, hot dogs, and fellowship.