Everyone pretty much knew it was going to happen, but when the official word came this weekend at that the Wisconsin American Legion had cancelled the 2020 baseball season because of COVID-19, the news still hurt.
Jeff Eberle, manager of Post 146 White Construction, says that with the success of last year’s teams in Beaver Dam everyone was excited for this summer’s season, but they have to accept it isn’t going to happen. Both the JV and Varsity teams qualified for their respective state tournaments in 2019.
Across their three teams sponsored by Post 146 in Beaver Dam, the program average about 46 boys participating each season. Eberle says that he feels especially bad for the graduating seniors because with most kids not moving on to play intercollegiate athletics, Legion baseball is the last organized sport they will participate in during their life. He adds that this year’s group of seniors was a nice group of kids and they are devastated they won’t get to play this summer.
One thing that Beaver Dam Post 146 does have going for them is community support. Eberle stressed that they want to thank all those in the business community and also private citizens who are always there to support the program year in and year out. He says that whenever there is a need for the program, the community steps to the plate and helps out. He looks forward to that support as well in the 2021 season.
American Legion posts in Fox Lake/Randolph, Green Lake, Horicon, Mayville, Markesan, Watertown and Waupun also sponsor American Legion Baseball in the area.
You can hear a complete interview with Beaver Dam American Legion Post 146 White Construction manager Jeff Eberle on the sports tab at DailyDodge.com.