Bob Simpson of Hit Repair in Marion, a baseball instructional facility, has taken on the daunting task of fielding an American Legion baseball team once again in Metropolis.
Legion ball has been absent from the field on Metropolis Street since 2011.
Simpson said his last couple of weeks have been a blur.
“It’s been real hectic, trying to get the word out then trying to get a schedule together. Uniforms, balls . . . all the equipment you have to have. Then trying to get this field playable again — it has been tough,” he said.
Simpson has a current roster of 14 to 16 boys ages 14-19. Most of them are from Massac County with a few from Vienna.
He was only able to book four home games with the first being on June 15 against Carmi.
Simpson emphasizes this will be an instructional season.
“Knowing most of the coaches like I do, we were able to agree that most of these games, excluding regular district games, would be with an expanded set of rules to give the most boys an opportunity to get playing time,” he said. “That’s what I want more than anything — to make sure these kids get to play and learn something at the same time.”