Post 84 poised for a breakthrough

Auburn?s American Legion squad at full strength for the first time since 2009
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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A roster stocked with high school talent from all over the foothills and a chance to compete in the postseason at friendly James Field has coach Larry Prewitt excited for the Post 84 American Legion baseball season. ?It?s a very talented group,? Prewitt said of his senior squad. ?It?s a very well-assembled group of baseball players. We?ve got a lot of guys that play multiple positions and a lot of them are good enough athletes that they can move to other positions.? Post 84 is back at full strength with senior and junior teams for the first time since 2009. The senior roster, which has often featured many Placer players, includes just one this season ? senior Brady Ranck. Seven players from Colfax and four from Bear River lead the team. Devon Loomis, Ryan Glazner, Austin Young and Michael Moore were all-Pioneer Valley League picks for the Falcons. James Harris, Jake Jarman, Troy Runte and Trevor McGhee represented the Bruins on the all-PVL squads. Del Oro standouts Alex Mason and AJ Newby should be major contributors. Foresthill?s Ian Sykes brings good speed and a solid bat. Shane Soria, from Forest Lake Christian, is a versatile talent and Jake Sween, an Auburn resident who attended Valley Christian this year, has a strong arm. Sween, who formerly played for tiny Auburn Christian, will play at Westmont College in Santa Barbara next year. ?It might be as good of a nucleus as we?ve had since 2006 when we won the state championship,? Prewitt said. ?I foresee a lot of positive things for them.? Not only is the senior team looking strong, Post 84 has a talented junior group that could make some noise. Eddie Vanderdoes and Byron Gums are coaching the Post 84 juniors. The Post 84 senior squad has had just two practices since tryouts were held last month. It will jump right into tough competition today, facing Roseville on the road. The squad will make its home debut June 13 against Manhart at James Field. Post 84 has a clear goal this summer. James Field is scheduled to host the Senior Area Tournament July 18-22 and the Auburn club hopes to at least have a chance to defend its home turf. To do that, Post 84 must finish in the top two in district play. It won?t be easy as both Roseville and El Dorado are always loaded with skilled players.