'Great kids, great attitudes'
Gregg Frost couldn’t ask for a better bunch of ball players.
“It’s the best group of kids I’ve ever coached attitude wise,” he said of this year’s Eagle River American Legion baseball team.
“A lot have played together for a long time,” Frost said. “And the ones that have not are just great kids. Great attitudes.”
Having a team that gets along is important, Frost said, because players are together nearly every day of the summer. And no one is closer than Eagle River, he said.
“If they’re not playing ball together, they’re hanging out together,” Frost said.
Eagle River’s Legion roster is nearly identical to its high school team. Zach Weller — the Wolves’ lone graduate from the 2011 high school season — is the only addition.
Last year, Weller recorded a state-best .526 batting average, 26 RBIs and was named to the 2011 Alaska American Legion Team of Excellence.
Eagle River is loaded with returners, Frost said, and should improve upon last season.
“We’ve got so many more kids now with so much more confidence,” he said.
Now that school is out, Frost said, it’s easier to focus on the Legion season.
“We can get a lot more work done this time of year,” he said. “It’s just baseball.”
Eagle River is undefeated through the first three games. After edging Bartlett 5-4 in the season opener May 26 at Mulcahy Stadium, Eagle River trounced West 27-1 three days later at Chad Bax Field.
Most of the team had three or more hits, Frost said, and Eagle River recorded an impressive 14 consecutive hits in an inning.
Eagle River improved to 3-0 with a 17-11 victory over West on Saturday, June 2 at Kosinski No. 4.
Eagle River will look to continue its unbeaten streak against Service today (Thursday, June 7) at Chad Bax at 6:30 p.m.
After two days off, Eagle River has three games in a row. On Sunday, June 10, Eagle River travels to Wasilla at 3 p.m., then plays East the following day at Kosinksi No. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and finishes against Chugiak on Tuesday, June 12 at Oberg Field at 6:30 p.m.
Due to renovations at Loretta French Park in preparation for the Alaska Baseball League’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, Eagle River will be on the road until Saturday, June 16 when it hosts South.
The Legion team has had limited practices at Loretta French so far, Frost said, but he anticipates having it ready by next week.
Frost said assistant coach Jim Reeves has done most of the legwork, putting in long hours at Loretta French.
“It’s been amazing what he’s done out there,” Frost said.
Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or [email protected]