Sandusky is known throughout the state for many things; Cedar Point, the Lake Erie coast and islands, wineries, indoor waterparks, etc.
However, a group of area high school players and coaches did their part to make the area known for the quality of its high school baseball by winning their first-ever state championship in American Legion baseball in a summer to remember.
Sandusky Post 83 has made the entire region swell with pride by winning game after game and extending its dream season deep into the summer. Timely hitting, strong pitching and fundamental defense have been strong attributes to the success of the Post 83 team, which has played as one despite drawing 18 players from 10 area high schools.
Coach Ray Neill and his staff deserve much of the credit for blending the talents of these young men into a team that won 35 games this summer. A lot of credit for the team’s success ultimately must go the players, and their families, for their dedication to the team and for all of the travel throughout the summer as the wins piled up.
By winning the state title, Post 83 qualified for the Great Lakes regional tournament with seven other state championship teams. Although fall football practice cut the roster to just 13 members entering the regional, Post 83 still managed to win two games before bowing out of the double elimination tournament Sunday in Chillicothe. Overall, Post 83 finished its dream season as one of the top 28 American Legion teams out of about 5,000 teams across the nation.
That is a tremendous accomplishment that all involved with the team should be extremely proud of. We are proud to have covered the team from its regular season to its impressive state championship run.