Edenton hosts only area American Legion senior baseball team this summer
By Malcolm Shields
Sunday, June 9, 2019
The American Legion senior summer baseball season is underway.
Edenton Post 40 began its season May 25.
Edenton Post 40 (1-3) lost both games of its season-opening doubleheader to Wayne County Post 11 1 on May 25 at Goldsboro High School, but split a doubleheader against Farmville Post 151 June 1 at Farmville Central High School.
Weather permitting, Edenton Post 40 will face Pitt County Post 39 in a doubleheader at Pitt Community College today at 3 p.m.
John A. Holmes High School assistant baseball coach John Downum is the head coach of Edenton Post 40 this summer.
Edenton Post 40 features current area high school players Chris Morris, Caleb Bunch, Ryan White, Davis Halstead, Garrett Stulick and Chace Kelly from John A. Holmes and Wolfie Schultz from Manteo High School.
Downum noted that Halstead, a rising sophomore, has been one of the top hitters for Edenton Post 40 early in the season.
White and Bunch have been starting pitchers for Post 40.
College age players on the team include Lenoir-Rhyne's Michael Allen, Chowan's Justin Winslow and former John A. Holmes shortstop Ben Ward.
Allen played his high school baseball at Manteo, while Winslow played prep baseball at Northeastern.
American Legion senior baseball teams have a cap at age 19.
That allows college-level athletes to play on American Legion teams.
Edenton Post 40 is the only American Legion senior baseball team in The Daily Advance's coverage area this summer.
Downum confirmed that Elizabeth City-based Albemarle Wildcats and Perquimans will not have American Legion senior baseball teams this summer.
In previous summers, the Albemarle Wildcats had players from Camden, Currituck, Dare and Pasquotank counties suit up for the post.
Because of the shortage of teams, players that would normally play for Albemarle or Perquimans are playing for Edenton Post 40 this summer.
The nearest American Legion senior baseball team to Edenton Post 40 is Ahoskie Post 102 1 in Hertford County.
Both Edenton and Ahoskie also have junior teams this summer.
Downum noted that he wants his players to get the opportunity to play their own game during the season.
The coach added that he will give players equal playing time during the season.
One of the oddities of Edenton Post 40's 12-game schedule is that Post 40 is scheduled to have one home game this summer at Hicks Field on June 18 against Ahoskie Post 102 1 at 7 p.m.
That game is designated to be nine innings.
Downum expects that the schedule will flip next summer with Edenton Post 40 having more home dates.
The regular-season finale is June 29 with a doubleheader against Kinston Post 43 1 at Kinston High School.
The playoffs begin July 8.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Edenton Post 40’s doubleheader against Pitt County Post 39 Sunday was at D.H. Conley High School in Greenville.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Pitt Community College, but was moved to North Pitt High School Sunday at noon.