American Legion Post 210 Team in World Series

American Legion Post 210 Team in World Series

The American Legion Post 210 Speakers Baseball team from Danville has made the Elite Eight in its quest for the American Legion World Series title!  The team won the Great Lakes Regional Title on Sunday and will be heading to Shelby, North Carolina early Monday (August12th).

Rhett Vinson is assistant general manager of the team and says it was nice to finally win the Regional…

{‘’We’ve got to this game for the last few years and we’ve come up short. We’ve run into the same team that’s beat us the last three years – Midland, Michigan.  And they’ve been a pretty big monster, and we’ve gotten second in this regional three years in a row,’’ said Vinson during an interview with VermilionCountyFirst.com News. ‘’And we had a little swag, a little confidence when we found out we wasn’t going to see Midland. Midland didn’t make it out of their state, and so the boys that’s been there had a little extra confidence that ‘hey, maybe this is our year.’’’} 

Vinson coaches the team with head coach Allan Shepherd. Vinson notes the players are from all over the area….

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{‘’Danville’s obviously our biggest school, but all the surrounding county schools have a couple of kids. They’re pretty well represented – all of them but Georgetown, I think is the only county school that does not have anybody on it (the team).  They compete against each other all year round in football, basketball, and baseball and then they come together in the summer and they just gel well – and become good teammates.  They all have each other’s back and it’s really kind of nice to watch,’’ said Vinson.]  Vinson’s son is one of the players.

Another player, Ernest Plummer  (shown here) won MVP honors in the tournament.

Fans welcome the Speakers Baseball Team as they arrive at American Legion Post 210 Sunday evening.

Team members rode in the back of three pick-up trucks as they were escorted by Danville Police and Firefighters from Danville Stadium to the American Legion Post Sunday evening.  A large crowd was on hand to greet the team when they arrived.

The Speakers did not have a chance to get much rest overnight because they were scheduled to pull out of Danville early this morning (Monday) for the trip to the American Legion World Series play in North Carolina.