Baseball returns to Post 32 after long absence

COVINGTON — After a more than six-year hiatus, baseball is coming back to Covington’s American Legion Post 32 playing their games at Alcovy.

Several people had approached Post 32 former coach Bob Kitchens over the years about having a team. But for one reason or another it never materialized. That was until Bill Dallas got involved.

“I talked to Bob and he told me that they haven’t had a team in awhile and that started the ball rolling,” Dallas said. “I asked a good friend, Tommy Hailey, what it we would need to do and he made a phone call to Roger Tingler. They were all excited about it. I guess that kind of got it going from there.”

While Dallas has more than 40 years of experience coaching baseball, he knew he needed help with the rules and regulations concerning American Legion baseball. That was where former Conyers Post 77 head coach Eddie Bagwell stepped up to the plate.

“Eddie knows all the ins and outs,” Dallas said. “Legion baseball is a little bit different being controlled by the numbers to go by and where to get your players. Eddie basically did all the groundwork as far as registering us as a team and making Eastside our base school. Everything is approved and we’re finishing up the schedule.”

Besides Eastside, Dallas is also looking for talent from Alcovy, some Rockdale schools as well as schools such as George Walton Academy, Piedmont and Monroe Area. Dallas explained that because of size and the numbers they’re restricted to be American Legion rules, it makes it nearly impossible to select players from Newton High School even though there are several talented players on the team.

Even though this will be the first time the players have played together wearing the Post 32 colors, Dallas has high expectations for them.

“Our goal, and anytime you compete, is to win state and go as far as we can go which hopefully will be Shelby, North Carolina which is where the World Series is being held. But I know there’s a lot of baseball between now and then,” he said. “My motto from the very beginning was always to get everyone on the same page and then you build on that comradity.It’s my job as a coach to bring them together and have them mesh to create a winning atmosphere.

“My main goal is to help the kids get through the summer, give them somewhere constructive to be, and hopefully coach and prepare them for college. If I can be a small part of making them better I’ll feel good about it.”