By John Ring
Published June 16, 2022 in The Burg
Galesburg Post 285 American Legion baseball came back with a bang, not a whimper.
After a hiatus of several years, Post 285 started the season off with a 2-0 record with wins over
Milan (14-7) and Moline (9-1).
In the season opener, Coach Jeremy Kleine’s team jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the third inning and coasted from there. Payton Hankins and David Hise (batting 1-2 in the order) combined to go 6 for 9 at the plate and scored six runs and knocked in three runs. Frank Kelch went 3 for 5 and had four RBI’s for Galesburg. Five Post 285 pitchers combined to pitch the seven-inning game and starter Michael Seibert got the win.
Kelch and Seibert are the Brimfield-connection for this Post 285 baseball team.
In Galesburg’s hope opener against Moline, A-Town’s Parker Stoneking pitched a complete game for the victory, allowing just four hits and the lone Moline run in 7 innings of work.
Stoneking walked just one and struck out seven while Hise continued his torrid hitting by going 3 for 4 and Kannon Kleine was 2 for 4 and knocked in a pair of runs.
If early indications mean anything, it looks like Kleine and his coaching staff have put together a very competitive team, using the best local, area talent available. They were diligent in their scouting and the team on the field looks like they’re working together and playing America’s
Pastime the way it should be played.
Post 285 Roster
David Hise Knoxville
Payton Hankins Knoxville
Micah Rodeffer A-Town
Michael Siebert Brimfield
Charlie Lardi Galesburg
Kyle Shaw Carl Sandburg Junior College
Ben Powell Bushnell-Prairie City
Frank Kelch Brimfield
Owene Wolfe Monmouth College
Thad Morling Galesburg
Tristan Legate Galesburg
Kannon Kleine Galesburg
Josh Perkins Galesburg
James Kisler SIU-Carbondale
Grant Allen Galesburg
Riley Embry Farmington
Parker Stoneking A-Town
Damon Reed Carl Sandburg College
The next home game for the Legion baseball team is June 28 (Tuesday) against Milan Post.
Home games are at Jim Sundburg Field at the GHS campus. Admission is free.