Cal Legion starts hectic schedule on Friday
For a large number of California's varsity baseball team, it's a good thing that teenagers are resilient.
That's because a lot of those kids won't need much time to get over the sting of being eliminated from the PIAA Class A semifinals Tuesday by Johnsonburg, 8-1.
Even if they did they won't have time to.
California's entry in the Fayette County American Legion League will kick off an abbreviated yet hectic schedule Friday when the team travels to Farmington.
California's Legion season had been on hold while the high school team was making a deep run in the state playoffs.
According to Fayette County League chairman Kurt Shutterly, California Legion has two days from the completion of the high school season to field a team and play Legion baseball.
And new Cal legion manager Brian Previsky says his squad is ready to do just that.
“I think we are 13 games behind (in the season), so we will be playing a lot of days and a lot of doubleheaders, but everyone seems really excited,” said Previsky, whose son, Aaron, is one of the top players on the high school team. “The parents are excited, too. They asked me if there would be any practices and I told them these kids just got done playing in the state playoffs. They don't any practice.”
California will need to finish the 24-game season by July 8. League playoffs will run July 11-15.
Previsky has a 17-player roster, which also includes players from the Bentworth and Beth-Center school districts.
“We have two kids from Beth-Center and two from Bentworth signed up, so it's mostly California kids,” said Previsky. “We will be ready to go.”
Previsky, a 1986 California graduate, played on the last Trojan team that lost in the semifinals of the state playoffs in 1984. He was a pitcher on that team and his catcher was Trojans coach Don Hartman.
Previsky served as an assistant to Bill Greco on the Cal Legion team a year ago and took over when Greco opted not to return.
“I played (Legion) ball for Romaine Howell and he asked me to get involved,” Previsky said. “I was out of the area for a while and when I got back, I did just that.”
California will play its home games at Malden Yards, the home field of the Trojans baseball team.
Home games will start at 6 p.m., unless there is a doubleheader scheduled.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.