Post 200 team heads to state

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The Boonville American Legion Post 200 baseball team poses for a celebratory photo after winning the team's first regional title in three decades.

When the names Kirkland and Greer made an appearance on the roster for the Boonville American Legion Post 200 baseball team, it wasn't yet known that there would be a repeat from the last time those names were on the roster.

But, the generational significance made the team's first regional title in 30 years even sweeter. Coach Eric Barnes said Ross Kirkland got a hit that drove in Camden Greer during the regional and both players fathers played on the last Post 200 team to make it to the state round of the competition 30 years ago.

"It was one of the cool things about it," he said.

Barnes said the Post 200 team fights through a tough regional each year and knew this year would be no different. He said one of the biggest challenges would be to take down Floyds Knobs American Legion Post 42, but the Post 200 team took them down twice to take the regional title.

"To beat them twice says a lot. We're not going to face another team like that," he said. "It was huge for our confidence."

Now, Barnes said it's time to gear up for the battle in the state level of the tournament. He said the team will work on consistency and staying strong by making big plays on defense.

"That's what gets us going," he said.

Post 200 will first face off against Terre Haute Post 346, which took its first state title last year, in their first state level match up on Friday at noon at Rockport.

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