• There are some very valuable articles concerning recruiting on the Links/Recruiting link (left side)

News

Keeping this site alive just in case certain criteria is met to ever convince me to bring this team back to life 


Game Schedule Changes

Team Day/Date Old Schedule New Schedule Time  Location Status
Senior (19u)

Thursday

July 20

State Tournament

vs Shelby County

10:00 a.m.

UAH

 

Senior (19u)

Friday

July 21 

State Tournament 

vs Troy  

4:00 p.m. 

UAH 

 
Senior (198)

Saturday

July 22

State Tournament 

Single Elimination should start

based upon seeding

TBD 

UAH 

 

Division 2 (17u)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Form 2 & Birth Certificate/Driver's License / Player Fee

Parents .. we need 2 copies of the following:

1) Form 2:  http://www.legion.org/documents/legion/pdf/player_indemnification.pdf

2) Photocopy of Birth Certificate or Driver's License/Permit

Player Fees for the 2017 season are as follows:  Senior Division 1 ($400) .... Senior Division 2 (High School Eligible - $300)  ... Make checks payable to 'Post 11 Baseball' or 'Florence Post 11'

If you are raising your fee and need help getting to the Sponsorship Packages page, please contact Lee @ (256) 483-2690


Practice Schedule

Team Day/Date Time   Location

Senior

(19u)

 

   

 

 Division 2

(17u)

 

   

 

 Senior & Div 2

 

 

 

Gattman Park

Muscle Shoals 


Schedules

Schedules are now posted for both of our 2017 Post 11 teams ... 19u can be found under the '17 Florence Post 11 Senior Division 1 .. 17u can be found under the '17 Florence Post 11 Division 2 section . I'm still looking for an opponent to fill 2 open dates (1 for each team - June 6 (and possibly June 22 or 23) for 19u & June 12 or 13 for 17u ..

Don't have our 17u team scheduled the 1st weekend in June because I felt as though we may need several of these guys to play for our 19u team in Pontotoc that weekend due to a lot of our 19u players being on their graduation trips. Didn't schedule our 17u team any games the end of the 2nd week of June due to most of our players will be playing with their high school teams in the wood bat tournament at Athens or Decatur + the ACT test is scheduled for Saturday the 10th of June 


Rosters

Our final rosters don't have to be set until June 25th, so there is always a chance a player may move from the 19u roster down to the 17u roster and vice versa ... There is always a possibility that a player who isn't listed on one of our rosters to start with wants to join one of our teams; such cases are handled on a case-by-case scenario ... The following lists are how we will begin the season:

_______ 19u _______________ 17u _______________________

Tucker Brown ............................................. David Boneli
Colton Chamblin ......................................... Alex Charete
Will Clemmons ............................................ William Conrad
Jonathan Coleman .....................................  Jay Creasy
Will Conrad .................................................  Alex Glover
Hunter Hill .................................................... JT Keeton
Skylar Holland ............................................. Bryce Linville

Mason Hollander ........................................ Chandler Moon

Collin Huntley .............................................. Clayton Moore

Christian Martin ........................................... Dean Moore

Clayton McClure .......................................... Dylan Nelms

Dakota McCreless.. ....................................  Garrett Rotten

Hunter Rhodes ..... .....................................  Cale Underwood

Tucker Rhodes ............................................ Hayden Walton

Travis Simpson ............................................ Ben White

Christian White ............................................ Christian White

J.D. White .................................................... Logan Wisdom

Conner Wynn ............................................... Wesley Wisdom

...................................................................... Chance Young.

 

 


All Undergraduates - Recruiting Info

All Florence Post 11 Baseball members (Players and Parents):

This is the most important time of the year for all underclassmen (9th graders and up) to be actively following the recruiting guidelines. If you aren't sure what these recruiting guidelines are, please use the following links to help you navigate through the process:

... Samples of Letters to be sent to coaches (what and when)

... Do's and Dont's when Contacting College Coaches

... Checklist of things to do between 9th & 12th grade

If you have any question regarding any information (or lack of information), never hesitate to call me. If I don't know the answer to a question, I will do my best to get the information for you!

Long Toss Program

For all players who are interested in a good long toss program, I highly recommend you watching this video. As most of the players who have played for me know, I've always been a firm advocate of long tossing. The video I've posted here takes the program a step further than any program I've ever been a part of. The 'pull down' (I have renamed it 'Fire Down') phase is something I've never seen associated with in a long toss program.

All players won't be able to start out throwing the lengths as shown in the video. If any local players are interested in participating in a long toss program but you don't have anyone to throw with, contact Lee via email HERE and he will attempt to get you in contact with a throwing partner. If there is enough interest, we'll try to create a regular weekly throwing schedule (centrally located between the participants).

To view the video, Click Here

Alabama American Legion State website


Rosters

Senior 19u 17u Gray (Tommy) 17u Red (Brandt)
    Samuel Almon
Bryce Black   Tanner Borden
Chance Borden Tyler Dickey Alex Charette
Garett Brewer Jackson Elledge Lucas Craft
Colin Chamblin Seth Jacobs Todd Cruse
Denton Chandler Livingston Long Tyler Cruse
Jordan DePoyster Caleb Peebles Blake Dunnivant
Tucker Fowler Lucas Pierce Seth Jacobs
Hogan Isbell Micah Price Ryan Kelley
John David Isbell Sam Spaulding Adam Meeks
Recus Jarmon Ryan Speegle Chandler Moon
Austin Kitterman Clay Tyler Greyson Beaver
Preston Montgomery Christian White Christian White
Riley Phillips Caleb Willis Lucas Pierce
Travis Simpson Carson Word Micah Price 
Zack Skipworth   Clay Tyler 
John Staggs   Peyton Gillott
Jud Ward   Logan Wisdom
 Jordan Wood    
     
     

 

The list above is simply a starting point ... Additions are apt to be made at any time, and some players (underclassmen on the 19u team) may very well play some games on one of the 17u teams, especially during the week -  ... Reminder, our rosters don't have to be set in stone until June 25th, so the right to tinker with any roster is reserved .. 


Signees

The following is a list of our players and the college they chose:

Player's Name High School College
Jordan Beavers Sheffield Lawson State CC
Garrett Brewer Brooks Marion Military CC
Jonathan Brock Shoals Christian Auburn-Montgomery (pending)
Jacob Green Russellville Shelton St CC
Ben Gregory Sheffield Northeast MS CC
John David Isbell Colbert County Calhoun CC 
Preston Montgomery Lawrence County Lawson State CC
Riley Phillips Brooks Calhoun CC
Brett Rittenberry East Lawrence Lawson State CC
Will Scoggins Randolph Univ of Ala-Huntsville
Zack Skipworth Deshler Northeast MS CC
Brandt Holland Deshler Transferring to Dyersburg St 
Peyton Stracener Colbert County Jacksonville State Univ
Lane Dickerson Colbert County Marion Military CC

New Sponsors

Post 11 Baseball wants to thank the following people/businesses for helping to sponsor a couple of our players:

Tider Insider, Inc .  www.tiderinsider.com 

Law Office of M. Chad Smith, P.C.    www.chadsmithlaw.com

Seabrook Solutions, LLC ...  www.seabrook-solutions.com

B & B Trophies / Bendall Printing ... 105 S Dickson St, Tuscumbia .. (256) 383-8900

Morrison Funeral Home ... Cherokee/Tuscumbia ... www.morrisonfuneralhomes.com 

Morgan Chiropractic ... Hwy 43 ... Russellville

Williams Eye Center ... Hwy 43 ... Russellville

Margaret Hendon ... Florence

Bill Alexander . State Farm Insurance 

 

 

DMA Construction

Tucker's Siding

Tinker Boyd Used Cars

Helen Keller Sports Medicine

 


Congratulations C.K. !!!!

Congratulations to C.K. Irby who was drafted in the 10th Round of the MLB draft tonight (Friday) .. Best of luck as you enter the next phase of your career .. Wouldn't it be GREAT to have 2 guys from Florence, AL, not to mention the same high school, playing for the same MLB team in 'The Show' at the same time??? Everyone associated with the Post 11 Baseball program is sooooooo proud of you! I'll say this one more time (and I'm sure it won't be the last): "atta boy C.K.!!" 


Updates on several former Post 11 players

C.K. Irby - HR and 1 scoreless IP in the NCAA Regional tournament against Mississippi State at Florida State on Friday!!!
Chad Boughner - 1st Team All American !! Congrats!!
Evan Mansell - Freed Hardeman University - 1st Team Transouth All Conference 3B
Nick Flanagan - Martin Methodist University - 1st Team Transouth All Conference 1B
C.K. Irby - Samford University - .348 Avg .. 4 HRs .. 41 RBIs .. (Pitching) 3-1 W/L .. 9 Saves .. 1.44 ERA (Season still underway so no post season awards yet)
Chad Boughner - University of North Alabama - 10-3 W/L .. 2.83 ERA .. Broke several career records during the season - 1st Team All Gulf South Conference
Andrew Almon - University of North Alabama - .295 Avg .. 2 HRs .. 30 RBI
Brantley Claunch - University of North Alabama .. 6-1 W/L .. 3 Saves .. 1.83 ERA
Jake Ward - Shelton State - .333 Avg .. 11 SB


A Few Updates

Congratulations to James Hillhouse as he signed with Calhoun Community College this morning!! (Wed, Jan 16th)  James is a fine young man and will be a great asset to the Calhoun program!

I just found out a day or two ago that Logan Thompson had surgery to repair a torn labrum. We want to wish him the best as he undergoes another grueling recovery and rehabilitation program.

Even though he hasn't played with us (much or on a regular basis in the past), his older brother and father devoted a lot of time and effort and have been great supporters of our Florence Post 11 program, congratulations to Glenn Irby on recently signing to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs next year!!

Congratulations to the following Post 11 players who have taken their careers to the next level:

Josh Burchell: Lawson St Community College
Logan Thompson: Calhoun Community College
Houston Looser: University of Alabama-Huntsville

Post 11 Alumni Update:

Adam Polk is taking his talents from Snead CC to Jacksonville State University
Jake Ward signed with UNA following his 2 seasons at Shelton St CC
Collin Bradford will be transferring to Calhoun from Shelton St

C.K. Irby played in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer and had a great season; on top of an award filled winning season at Samford in 2012

Evan Mansell, recent Freed Hardeman graduate, and slugger, is back in Muscle Shoals and is offering hitting lessons. Rates are $20 for an hour long session or $160 for 10 sessions, Video IS included. You can contact Evan at (256) 483-9507

Tuscaloosa Post 34, Alabama State Champions lost their 1st game in the regionals then went back thru the loser's bracket to make it to the final day. They ended up losing to the eventual winner, FLORENCE, South Carolina

If anyone has any announcements you need to get out, if you let me know, I'll post them here plus on our Florence Post 11 Baseball page on Facebook


Post 11'ers Collegiate Updates

To all Post 11 players and parents. If you will keep me updated as to you (or your son's) accomplishments, I'll be glad to post them on our site to keep everyone up-to-date on how our players are doing. We love our alumni and want to promote all of their success and accomplishments! Thanks!

Huge congrats to C.K. Irby for being named to the Louisville Slugger All American Freshmen team!!

Congrats to C.K. Irby for being selected to the Southern Conference All Freshman team!

Congrats to Zach Vick for receiving the Gold Glove (catchers) in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (Bryan College). Way to go Zach!

Congrats to C.K. Irby who made his 1st collegiate start tonight (4/5/11) @ the University of Alabama. C.K. was the winning pitcher as he went 3 innings giving up 1 hit and recording 1 strikeout. Way to go C.K.!

Trey Mitchell - NATIONAL Pitcher of the Week (given out by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association). Link found by clicking Here

Evan Mansell - Sun Feb 27th - Had a banner day, 400 ft Home Run to the opposite field along with 2 doubles vs Union Kentucky

C.K. Irby - Sat Feb 26th - Pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief. Retired all 7 batters he faced, three via strikeout @ University of Jacksonville (FL) - Sun Feb 27th - Picked up his first hit of the year while playing 3B

Congratulations to Ethan Wallen & C.K. Irby for their successful debuts in their Div 1 openers! Ethan pitched 3 1/3 innings and recorded the save for Auburn against Arkansas St Friday night. C.K. pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings Sunday against Western Illinois. We wish all of our Post 11 Alumni continued success as they continue with their collegiate (and potentially professional careers)!

Adam Polk pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs Feb 22nd in picking up the win against Southern Union

Congratulations to Jared Mothershed for being named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week. The senior went 9-for-17 for the week

Congratulations to Trey Mitchell for being named the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week. Mitchell collects his second all-time award, blanking OBU in Game One of the three-game series. The senior right-hander tossed a complete-game, eight-inning gem, fanning five Tigers and allowing just two hits and one walk. The performance marked Mitchell’s second straight complete game win to open up the season.

Trey McNutt reported to the Cubs 'big league' camp back on Feb 13th. All indications are he will begin the season at the AA level. The Cubs AA franchise is located in Knoxville (Southern League), which means he should be playing in Huntsville & Birmingham this spring (if he isn't there during the summer, hopefully that means he has already progressed to AAA. For those who don't follow major league prospects, Trey is now listed by most publications as a 'Top 100 Prospect' amongst all minor leaguers. Baseball America has him ranked as the Cubs #2 ranked prospect. If/When he plays in Huntsville, I'm going to try to carry a group over there. Anyone who is interested in going, please let me know.

Congratulations to the following 2011 Signees:

We want to congratulate the following Florence Post 11 players for their opportunities to carry their baseball careers to the collegiate level:

Brantley Claunch ... University of North Alabama
Caleb Waddell .... Bevill St C.C. ... now Kansas City Community College
Blake Beavers .... Bevill St C.C. ... now Univ of North Alabama
Collin Willis .... Bevill St C.C. ... now Snead State
Brandon Berry .... Blue Mountain College
Dylan Payne ...... Snead State CC (after Northwest Shoals dropped)
Tyler Dolan ...... University of North Alabama
Nick Flanagan .... (from Northwest Shoals) to Martin Methodist

Blake Logan (former Post 11'er) committed to Auburn recently


Note to any Post 11 player, please let Lee know when you've either signed or committed to sign or walk-on so your name can be posted here too. Thanks!

Pictures

Anyone who takes digital pictures at any of our Post 11 games, we would appreciate your sharing them for the other folks in our program. We have a new website at Photobucket where you can upload your photos. Simply send an email to FlorencePost11Baseball@msn.com to request the password for our site so you can upload the pictures. Thank You!!

Here are some great photos taken by Janet @ the state tournament at Troy:




Here are some photos Janet Forester took at Birmingham Southern on Friday, July 23rd & Mechele Bradford took at Tuscaloosa Academy on Memorial Day:


Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Adam Polk and Ethan Baggett for both receiving offers to further their baseball careers. Adam has chosen to attend Snead St while Ethan has opted for Bevill St (Fayette).

Congratulations to Allen Smith on the news that he will continue his baseball career at the University of West Alabama, in Livingston.

Also, congratulations to Mitch Hill, the coach of our Junior Red team for being hired as the assistant coach at Bevill State, located in Fayette, AL (just below Winfield). The Post 11 family sends our best wishes to Mitch as he embarks on his collegiate coaching career!

Also, congratulations to one of our Post 11 Alumni. Nathan Russ (Central High School)(Post 11 '04) signed with the Atlanta Braves earlier today.

I'll never forget the 1st round of the '04 state tournament at Demopolis. We played Bessemer Post 149 in the 1st game of the day (Thursday) at 10:00 a.m. Nathan started on the mound for us and pitched all 10 innings. He outdueled a kid name Jared Bradford who got drafted in the 21st round who also pitched all 10 innings. Nathan was blessed with a rubber arm. Had we advanced to the finals on Sunday, he was ready to go again. From the Post 11 Baseball family, best of luck Nate!!

Congratulations!!

Congratulations to the following Post 11 players who were named to the Alabama Sportswriters All-State Baseball Teams:
.. C.K. Irby - 2A Player of the Year .. 2A Pitcher of the Year .. 1st Team Pitcher
.. Charlie Kelley - 1A Hitter of the Year .. 1st Team Catcher

.. Jake Ward ... 5A Honorable Mention OF
.. Nathan Vincent .. 5A Honorable Mention SS
.. Adam Polk ... 4A 1st Team Pitcher
.. Taylor Hayes ... 4A 1st Team Catcher
.. Brandon Rhodes ... 4A Honorable Mention 2B
.. Jake Newton ... 3A 1st Team DH
.. Nathan Butler ... 2A 1st Team 1B
.. Glenn Irby ... 2A 1st Team Util
.. Taylor Brackin ... 1A 1st Team 3B
.. Will Bishop ... 1A 1st Team OF
.. Devan Traglia ... 1A 1st Team DH


On a different note, special congratulations goes to Joe Creasy for being named the Lauderdale County Male Athlete of the Year!! For anyone who missed the article in the Times Daily on Friday, you can read it Here

A Little Bit of Fun from the Past

For anyone that might be interested in seeing the original website created for Post 11 Baseball (back when I had to write the entire content on the site in html code, lol), simply Click Here

I think you'll find it interesting to read the link titled "Click Here for the Game Recaps of the 2004 Senior Blasters Season" (found on the main page under the trivia poll)

General


7th Annual TNT Classic
July 9-11, 2010
Team managers who are interested in participating or more information should contact Lee Walker @ (256)483-2690




Introducing a new feature to our website. Any Post 11 Alumni players who want their photos included in our Photo Album, please send me the website url or a copy of the photo via email Here. The photos can be the action shots or the ones from your team's website.



Post 11 Baseball is pleased to welcome 2 new high schools who will be fielding their own Junior team under the Post 11 Baseball flag. Rogers & Sheffield have joined Mars Hill in the Junior ranks. We wish each of you the best of luck and hope you have an enjoyable season!



Congratulations to Hunter Thomas for signing with the University of North Alabama last week. Hunter was a great addition to the Post 11 program last summer and we're looking forward to him being with us again this season.


Congratulations to C.K. Irby for signing with Samford University during the early signing period. C.K. is a very deserving young man and will be a great asset for Coach Dunn and the Bulldog program. C.K. is a 2 year Post 11 veteran, and we're looking forward to having him in our program the next 2 seasons also. To read a write up about C.K. that was posted on the Samford website today: Click Here



Congratulations to Ethan Wallen. Ethan committed to Auburn University during the early signing period. Fine young man, and a 5 year veteran of our Post 11 program. It's awesome to see Ethan have this opportunity come his way.




Congratulations to Zach Vick who will be continuing his baseball career at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. Our Post 11 program was lucky to have Zach for the past 3 years. Bryan College is getting an outstanding young man who is a great asset to any team.




I also just ran across a website that has a lot of very good information on hitting and pitching. If you're interested in checking it out, Click Here

Updated News

You can read a great article written by Calvin Cooley of the Times Daily newspaper on C.K. & 'G' (Glenn) Irby by Clicking Here




Congratulations to our Junior Red team for winning their District Tournament ... They advance to Troy University this weekend ... Way to go Guys!!


Congratulations to our Post 11 Red Junior team for winning the 5th Annual Florence Post 11 Junior Classic this weekend. Going into their 3rd game, as well as the final game of the night, Saturday night vs Columbia Post 19, it seems as if most folks were ready to proclaim Columbia the champions. However, a thrilling 10-9 victory by our Red squad spoiled that party. The weekend was capped off last night with a convincing 14-4 win in 6 innings over the group from Central.

The Post 11 Baseball program wants to send out a great big "THANK YOU" to Coach Anderson at Shoals Christian for not only allowing us to use their facility Friday night and Saturday, but for also getting out early Saturday morning (with help from Bryce Bishop) to ensure the field was ready for play. I was informed the field would've been playable at noon had it been needed. Kudos for a job well done guys!

Post 11 Junior Red '09 @ UNA


Congratulations to Trey McNutt .. Trey pitched for the Post 11 Red team last summer .. He was drafted today in the 32nd Round by the Chicago Cubs

Update: Justin Dawson's surgery was a success! Less damage than what they had thought before they went in there. He's recuperating at home.

Congratulations to Jared Mothershed (Post 11 Alumni) for being selected as a 1st Team All-American Junior College Team .. Outstanding achievement for an extremely hard-working and well deserving young man
Congratulations to our Post 11 Red Junior team for advancing to the Championship Round of the River City Classic this past weekend. We defeated East Limestone 7-4 in the semi-finals before falling to Ardmore 5-1 in the championship game.






Post 11 Jr Red @ Calhoun
(picture courtesy of Erica Gautney)


Congrats to the following Post 11 players who were named to the All State teams by the Alabama Sportswriters Association:
Justin Dawson - 3A - Colbert County
Nick Flanagan - 3A - Colbert County
Nathan Butler - 2A - Lexington
C.K. Irby - 2A - Mars Hill
Jordan Abrams - 2A - Mars Hill
Former Post 11 players: Brady Gregory & Thomas Lindsey of 3A Sheffield



For those of you who are playing in the Post 11 program for the 1st time, please take notice of the following: Schedules are prone to change from time to time. It is okay, even encouraged, to print the posted schedules. However, it is strongly recommended to double-check the schedule every few days just to ensure no changes have been made to the printed copy you have.

Addresses (for GPS or mapquest purposes) as well as links for driving directions have been posted on just about all of our playing venues for the 2009 season.
Anyone who takes any digital pictures of our teams that you would like to have posted on this site, feel free to use the rotating mailbox on the left side of the page to send them via email.

Congratulations to C.K. Irby for being selected to play in the Alabama North-South All Star game during All Star week this summer. The North will play the South on Monday, July 13th at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville in a doubleheader.
Congratulations are also in order for Justin Dawson and Nick Flannigan. Both of these young men signed with Northwest Shoals CC earlier this week.

Congratulations are also in order for Mark VanHorn and Jordan Abrams. Mark signed with Freed Hardeman University this past week and Jordan signed with Harding University earlier.

Signees & Commitments



Class of '10

C.K. Irby - Samford University

Hunter Thomas - University of North Alabama

Joe Creasy - Freed Hardeman University

Collin Bradford - Shelton State C.C.

Jake Ward - Shelton State C.C.

Ryan Forester - Shelton State C.C.

Jud Sherrill - Wallace-Hanceville C.C.

Allen Smith - University of West Alabama

Ethan Baggett - Bevill St Fayette

Adam Polk - Snead St

Past Players Moving On in Their Careers
Ethan Wallen - Auburn University

Zach Vick - Bryan College

Nathan Russ - Atlanta Braves

Class of '09

Jordan Abrams - Harding University

Hunter Craigge - Northwest Shoals

Justin Dawson - Northwest Shoals

Nick Flanagan - Northwest Shoals

Jordan Green - Jefferson State

Rick Mills - Northwest Shoals

Mitchell Self - Auburn University

Chase Thompson - Calhoun

Mark Vanhorn - Freed Hardeman University

Class of '08

Andrew Almon - UNA

Zack Summy - UNA

Ethan Wallen - Northwest Shoals

Lance Gravitt - Snead State

Adam Butler - Martin Methodist

Ben Wright - Freed Hardeman University

Evan Mansell - Freed Hardeman University

Scott Trousdale - Northwest Shoals / Mississippi College

Corey Flanagan - Northwest Shoals

Matt Moore - Lyon College (Ark)

Evan Radtke - Gulf Coast CC

Trey McNutt - Shelton State / Chicago Cubs

Joseph Baker - Calhoun CC

Zack Vick - Marion Military Institute / Bryan College

Ovarys Nance - Wallace-Selma

Taylor Pickens - Wallace-Selma


Also, congratulations to the following former Post 11 players for furthering their baseball careers at higher levels:


Brandon Freeman - Shreveport (American Association of Independent Professional Baseball)

Shawn Herring - Southwestern Louisiana (D1)

Matt Fowler - Southwestern Louisiana (D1)

Donovan Hand - Milwaukee Brewers system .. AA Huntsville Stars

Trey McNutt - Chicago Cubs .. #16 ranked prospect by Baseball America in the Cubs system

Nathan Russ - Atlanta Braves

2008 Post 11 Red District Tourney article

For anyone who is interested in the story from the Birmingham News of our District Tournament game last season, I just ran across it ... here is the link: http://www.al.com/sports/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/sports/121680098323450.xml&coll=2

Well, you would have to pay $2.95 to be able to read that link, so, I'll post it here:

First baseman Evan Mansell felt a need to ''wake up the bats'' prior to the championship game in the American Legion Senior District baseball tournament Saturday.

Before Mansell's Florence Post 11 team faced Bessemer Post 149 in the final at Birmingham-Southern's Striplin Field, Mansell heaved a cluster of bats onto the grass in front of the visitor's dugout.

''It's just something that we do for fun,'' said Florence shortstop C.K. Irby. ''We've got a lot of guys that like to joke around, but when it comes to business time we just focus up and get it done. The humor keeps us going.''

The gesture worked as Florence cruised to an 8-0 victory over Bessemer in the threeteam, double-elimination tournament.

Florence collected nine hits, with Zack Vick and Taylor Pickens leading the way. Each went 2-for-4 and Vick added a stolen base and a run while Pickens had two RBI.

Bessemer starting pitcher Taylor Tressillian ran into trouble in the first inning when he walked the first two batters. Florence scored four runs in the inning including two with two outs - and never looked back.

''That kind of relaxed us out there,'' Florence coach Lee Walker said. ''We knew we had a good pitcher fixing to go to the field and (the four runs) just kind of calmed us.''

Tressillian allowed another run in the third inning, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth before Logan Tischer relieved him in the seventh inning.

The 4-0 lead was more than enough for Florence starter Mark Vanhorn who pitched a shutout on a day when temperatures hovered in the high90s.

Vanhorn located his fastball well most of the day and allowed just six hits.

He struck out five batters and was also the beneficiary of solid defense as Florence did not commit an error.

Mansell, in particular, helped his pitcher's cause in the field. He made several spectacular tags at first after errant throws pulled him off the bag on more than one occasion.

''I just let Bessemer put (the ball) in play,'' Vanhorn said. ''They hit it around a little bit but I had a good defense to make plays.''

Bessemer showed signs of fatigue in the championship after a grueling three-hour game earlier in the day. Bessemer scored 22 runs to eliminate Fairfield, and then had to play Florence half an hour later.

''(The heat) takes a toll on you; it's just tough,'' Bessemer coach Tommy Scott said.

Walker's team could relate to the feeling of exhaustion. Florence played two games the night before that didn't end until just before midnight, and several of the players then made the hour and a half drive back to Florence.

''Bessemer had been out in the heat for three hours this morning and we figured out last night that we were running out of gas toward the end of the night,'' Walker said. ''You play nine-inning games when you're not used to it, especially in the heat, and it will start to catch up with you.''

The next stop for Florence will be the American Legion Senior state tournament in Troy.

Walker said his team is excited about the challenge.

''We're looking to go down there with no pressure on us because we're not going in as the favorite,'' Walker said. ''Other teams are more experienced, but we're going to lace them up, go play, and see what happens.''

EMAIL: sports@bhamnews.com

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For Directions

There are 2 ways to get the directions for each venue:

1) click on the Schedule link on the left side of this page.. once the schedule pops up, click on the name/link of the Location the game is being played, or

2) click on the Directions link on the left side of this page, click on the drop down menu and click on the venue where we're playing

2006 - A New Beginning

March 5, 2006 – 01:30 PM
As the title says, 2006 is the year of a new beginning for the Florence Post 11 Blasters baseball program. As the Blasters undergo an extensive rebuilding program, several young men will have the opportunity to step in and claim prominent roles on the premier team in Northwest Alabama.

The Blasters are looking for young men who will devote themselves to the team throughout the season. Playing for the Blasters will provide each team member an opportunity to compete against some of the highest caliber teams from around the southeast.

If you're interested in playing for the Post 11 Blasters and have these ingredients:
1) Team first attitude
2) Understanding that away games are just as important as home games
3) Ability and desire to step up and compete against a very high caliber of competition

then, the Blasters are interested in you. Please click on the "Online Forms" link on the left side of the page, then click on the "2006 Post 11 Tryout Player Info Form" link. Upon completing the form, make sure you hit the "Submit" button.

As the high school season is already well underway, it won't be long
til the playoffs will be upon us and the summer season will be here.
I'm looking forward to seeing you guys (and parents) at your high school games very soon.

Lee