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|Galesburg Post 285 Gets Taste of Close Games in Wilmette
|Galesburg Post 285 is off Monday after playing splitting some very close games and coming away with a fourth-place finish at the Wilmette Waves Invitational over the weekend.
Galesburg dropped its first two games of the season in the tourney - against Deerfield on Saturday and against Glenview on Sunday. Both losses were by one run.
Post 285 won its first game against Lake in the Hills Friday by forfeit when the team couldn't field enough players. Galesburg lent Lake in the Hills, which reportedly had seven dressed for the game, some of its younger players and the squads squared off in a rain-shortened exhibition game.
Post 285 coach Steve Cheesman tells WGIL his roster has 18 players and that's one of the ways the rookies and second-year guys who don't normally start can get some time on the field and at the plate.
"That's one of the reasons also that we play 50 games," Cheesman said. "I want this program to compete and be at a high quality every year. Well, you've got to keep bringing younger players on to learn the ropes, pick and choose the spots to get them in, both to challenge them as well as give them a little confidence. Within that you're going to have your regulars need a rest - they need to stay fresh."
Cheesman says baseball is an enormous amount of taxation on a player's mind and body, and anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.
Galesburg has six rookies on the roster: Carson Cheesman, Seth Morling, Logan Scott, Chad Johnson, Luke Ryan and Chans Sugden. Cheesman and Sugden are freshmen and the others are sophomores.
Cheesman expected stiff competition at the tournament, and that's what his team faced. Every game was decided by one run. Galesburg's main strength is hitting, but solid pitching by the opposition held the local legion squad to 12 runs in the three non-forfeit games. Post 285's pitching was strong too. The staff surrendered a combined 13 runs. Some of those runs were unearned after Galesburg's defense struggled against Deerfield, committing an uncharacteristic four errors.
Galesburg had outscored its opponents 72-18 through six games prior to the tournament in Wilmette.
Cheesman says the team will continue to work hard on playing good defense and having a deep pitching staff during the regular season to prepare for the postseason. He says the goal is the same every year: win a state championship.
The regular season ends July 11 at home against Champaign. The District Tournament begins the next day in Oneida and continues until July 18. The Division Tournament July 19-25 is in Moline and the State Tournament in Crystal Lake is July 26 through August 1. Mattoon hosts the Great Lakes Regional Tournament August 2-8 and the National Tournament is August 9-15 in Spokane, Washington.
Galesburg Post 285 resumes play Tuesday at Sundberg Field against Monmouth's legion team. That's followed by a doubleheader at home against Farmington on Wednesday. Galesburg then goes on the road for four games in the Washington Tournament Friday and Saturday before visiting Farmington for a single game on Monday.