Jake Dougherty is only a year removed from high school and as a player on the Hilliard (Davidson) American Legion Post 614A baseball team, but the first-year coach has the luxury of a diverse roster to promote both fun and fundamentals.

Jake Dougherty is only a year removed from high school and as a player on the Hilliard (Davidson) American Legion Post 614A baseball team, but the first-year coach has the luxury of a diverse roster to promote both fun and fundamentals.

The 14-player roster includes college players as well as several others who were freshmen and sophomores in the past school year.

"We have players ages 15-19 so this has to be one of the more diverse groups we've had in the last few years," said Dougherty, whose team finished 16-10 following a 13-8 loss to Southway (Central Crossing) Post 144A on July 23 in the losers bracket of the District 12 tournament.

"We have everything from college students to recent (Davidson) graduates to kids who were weren't even on the varsity (last spring)."

The college corps for Post 614A include Drew Dolder, Matt Hampp and Matt Rine.

Dolder (OF/1B/LHP) played football and baseball at Wittenberg last year. Hampp (1B/3B/C) played at Wittenberg last spring and Rine (INF) attended Ohio State but did not play sports.

The 2009 Davidson graduates include Adam Frazier (OF), Bryan Gronski (1B/3B/RHP/C) and A.J. Pope (OF/RHP).

"I think we have good leadership on the team," said Gronski, who will attend Bowling Green to study special education but will not play sports. "We have players who graduated in 2008 and others who graduated with me this spring. Then we have kids who were freshmen and sophomores last school year and we have been working with them getting them ready for next spring."

The Davidson seniors are Ben Coles (1B), Michael Joseph (RHP/OF) and Grant Whipple (SS) along with junior Andrew Gron-ski, Bryan's younger brother.

Sam Coles (3B/C), Kyle Lehwald (2B/SS), Jacob Sines (OF) and Austin Smith (OF/RHP) will be sophomores in August.

Post 614A was 7-6 overall and 4-6 in District 12 after losing a doubleheader last Sunday to Don Gentile (Ready) Post 532R 4-2 and 14-10. Before that, Davidson had won three consecutive games -- 5-4 (10 innings) against (Darby) Post 614C last Friday and 13-9 and 17-7 in a doubleheader sweep of Westerville (North) Post 171N last Saturday.

"We have really been hitting the ball, especially (last) Friday and (last) Saturday," Bryan Gronski said. "It has really started to come together at the plate, and we've been seeing the ball well over the past few games."

Post 614A lost its opener to Worthington Post 239 6-4 on June 4 before beating Bexley Post 430 5-1 and 7-2 on June 8 and (Central) Post 171C 9-3 on June 9.

It then lost three in a row -- to Grove City Post 164A 17-2 on June 11, Post 614C 9-7 on June 12 and Northwest (Upper Arlington) Post 443 5-2 on June 13 before downing Columbus (Watterson) Post 82 8-2 on June 15.

"I've been happy offensively because we have been getting on and have been getting good at-bats," said Dougherty, whose team played (Jerome-Scioto) Post 800 last Monday, (Westland) Post 532W last Tuesday and (South) Post 171S last Wednesday. "We've been pitching well and getting good starts from Michael Joseph, Austin Smith and Bryan Gronski, and A.J. Pope has been good in relief."

Post 614A plays today at home against West Post 98 and is off until Monday when it plays host to (Gahanna) Post 797. It will begin play Wednesday in the Lancaster Fourth of July Tournament against host Post 11. The Lancaster tournament continues until July 5.

"Our defense has been a little risky, and that's something we've been working on," Dougherty said. "But most were off about a month after school ball and it's something that we'll work into."

Dougherty also had been making an adjustment. He's getting used to the view from the dugout as opposed to seeing the action from his former vantage point as a second baseman.

"It's different being on this side of the field," Dougherty said. "I still want to get out there and play, but it's time to give coaching a try."