It’s a new season, a new team and a new coach for Legion baseball in Harrison.
This year the Ramsey Motor Wranglers will be led by Steve Williams. Williams is the skipper for the Jasper Pirates baseball squad and will be leading the Wrangler charge from the dugout this year.
The Wranglers will play five home games this season on Jack Williams Field at the Equity Bank Sports Complex. The team will travel for six road contests along with entries in the Mountain Home Lockeroom Tournament and the Springfield Tournament.
Harrison will host the State Tournament at the sports complex toward the end of July.
The Ramsey Motor coach is looking forward to the upcoming season that begins on Wednesday against Lockeroom, “This is a really good group of young men. It should be a lot of fun.”
The squad consists of players from several local high schools from around the area. The coach noted about the difference between managing during a high school season and running a Legion team.
“This is a totally different situation than coaching high school baseball,” said Williams. “These guys are some of the better players on their respective high school teams. I told them the other day, if they make the Legion team, they should already know how to play. We won’t be trying to change them, just take their skills and try to blend them all together to hopefully win games.”
Williams noted about the challenges to be faced, “If they are playing Legion ball, they should be fundamentally sound. It’s our job to blend them together. But, with that being said, we are fairly young. We will be playing against 19-year olds and we are mostly 16 and 17.”
The team has only had a few practices to get to know each other leading up to its first game but the coach has seen some things to make him optimistic.
“It’s still very early and we have only seen them a few times, but I think we have some very solid players and most of them are pretty versatile,” Williams mentioned. “If we as a coaching staff can get them in their best spots, then we can be successful as a team. It is a team sport and that is our goal; blend everyone together to be successful as one.”
The coach commented about the pitching situation, “I don’t think you can ever have enough pitching, especially when you get into some of those tournaments. But we have a couple of guys that have looked pretty good so far.”
Figuring out a pitching roster is one thing that will be addressed, but the batting order is something else the coach is trying to figure out.
“It’s still real early to tell about hitting,” Williams responded about his hitting approach with the team. “I know hitting is contagious. I don’t know if we have that big hammer, but I do think we have some good contact hitters. We may have to play some small ball.”
The Wrangler coach relayed his message to the team, “We just want to compete on every play. If you win each pitch and win each inning, then winning each game will take care of itself. We will make mistakes, all of us do, successful baseball players are able to let the last play go, good or bad, and move to the next play. If you are still thinking about the last play, you are more likely to mess up the next play. You have to let it go.”
Williams finished by saying, “We have players from six or seven different schools; we hope to represent the area well.”
The opening game of the season is Wednesday on the road against Mountain Home Lockeroom at 5:30 p.m.
Legion Baseball Schedule
Ramsey Motor Wranglers
Date Opponent Time
29 @Mountain Home Lockeroom 5:30 p.m.
3 Mountain Home McCloud 5:30 p.m.
8 Batesville 5 p.m.
10 Mountain Home Lockeroom 5:30 p.m.
13-16 Mountain Home Lockeroom Tournament TBA
18 Fort Smith 5:30 p.m.
19 @Batesville 2 p.m.
21 @Mountain Home McCloud 5:30 p.m.
27-30 Springfield Tournament TBA
8 @Salem 5:30 p.m.
14 Siloam Springs 1 p.m.
16 @Fort Smith 5:30
19 @Siloam Springs 5 p.m.
22 Salem 5:30 p.m.
26-29 State Tournament @ Harrison TBA