A labor of love: Legion baseball growing with support from Glenrock community

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The Knights line up for a team photo during a game last season.

By: 
Eddie Poe eddie@glenrockind.com

Reviving American Legion baseball in Glenrock has become a labor of love.
In recent weeks, you could often find players around town doing yard work for neighbors. Other times, they’ve served food to members of the community to help raise money. The Knights baseball team has been doing a great deed. It’s a deed that is also helping their own cause.
“The boys have been putting in the work for their uniforms, tournaments and everything else,” Sally Suppes, parent and team organizer of sorts said. “They are a really special group of guys. They’ve been willing to do anything to help the team.”
Formed as the Glenrock American Legion, Jesse Martin Post 9 in August 1920, it is the third longest actively running post in the state. During their inaugural season in 2017, after many years of not fielding a legion team in Glenrock, the community continues to work together to strengthen a growing program.
Although the Knights returned to the field last year, the dedicated efforts began well before then.
“After 20 years of facilities not being used, hardly anything worked,” coach Allen Jennings said. “From light bulbs to electrical outlets and even the scoreboard. Thanks to the community we’ve had some really great support.”
Jennings considers the Knights to be a “rags to riches” type of team. It’s a description that fits them well.
Even though their return to competitive baseball was met by a number of grueling defeats, they never hung their heads or forgot about the hard work that made those games possible. After a season of firsts, which included many Knights players’ first trip to the state tournament, they returned eager to improve upon the strides that were taken last season.
This year’s team returns 14 of last year’s 16 players. Jennings is hopeful that last year’s experiences will pay dividends during their second season together.
“We had some upperclassmen last year who hadn’t played in five years,” Jennings said. “I know playing last year really helped with their growth and development.”
Fifteen and 16 year olds make up the heart of this year’s Knights team. A group of guys who despite having to give up baseball for a few years, or play for another youth league, have in a sense, recreated an opportunity to play competitive baseball in their hometown.
The enthusiasm for baseball that is increasingly growing in Glenrock could eventually break ground once more in the near future. It’s a vision that Jennings and many others are eager to watch develop.
“With the amount of kids that have come out, we’ve also been considering adding a junior legion team,” Jennings said. “We feel confident that we have enough youth to field another team, the excitement is there.”
The Knights will begin their season on Friday when they travel in their personalized bluebird team bus to Rawlins for a doubleheader. 

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