Despite going winless, coach Mike Simms witnessed vast improvement in his Don Gentile American Legion Post 532W baseball team this season.

Despite going winless, coach Mike Simms witnessed vast improvement in his Don Gentile American Legion Post 532W baseball team this season.

Post 532W's season ended with a 19-6 loss in seven innings to Southway (Central Crossing) Post 144A in a District 12 tournament game July 20. Gary Snyder had a three-run double in the seventh inning for Post 532W and Andrew Paquin added a double. Post 144A took control early, scoring eight runs in the first inning.

Post 532W opened the tournament with a 26-2 loss in seven innings to top-seeded Worthington Post 239 on July 19. Post 239 and Dublin (Coffman) Post 800C were undefeated in the tournament heading into their showdown last Thursday.

Post 532W, which was 0-15 during the regular season, finished 0-17 overall.

"There was a big improvement from last year," said Simms, who completed his second season with Post 532W. "Last year we probably weren't in too many games. We got run-ruled almost all the time. This year it seemed like we were in a lot of games. If we had the hitting when we should have we probably could have won close to half our games."

The summer again was a learning experience for the team as its players prepare for the high school season next spring. Several of the players competed at the junior varsity level this spring and played against high school seniors and college players during the summer.

"The season was an eye-opener for a lot of the new boys," Simms said. "The boys who were with us last year, we saw a big improvement. They all knew they were underdogs going into it, but we went into every game thinking win from the first inning on. They played hard and came up short a lot of times, but the pitching and defense really picked up over the last year."

Kevin Simms, the coach's son, led the team in hitting at .286 followed by Brandon King (.250) and Esteylon Martinez (.234). Brody Seiler and Simms scored eight runs apiece, and Martinez had a team-leading eight RBI.

King, Martinez, Seiler and Simms had three doubles. Simms led the team with eight stolen bases.

"As the season went on we scored a few more runs -- not a lot, but we started putting the bat on the ball," coach Simms said. "There was definitely an improvement in hitting. We still have a ways to go, but that was probably our biggest improvement of the year."

King led the young pitching staff with 29 innings pitched.

•Post 532G saw its season come to a close after losing by forfeit to Dublin (Scioto) Post 800S in a District 12 tournament losers bracket game July 20. Post 532G opened the tournament with a 13-3 loss to Grove City Post 164A on July 19.

Post 164 snapped a 3-all tie by scoring 10 runs in the eighth inning to seal the eight-inning victory.

Jordan Knight started on the mound for Post 532G and pitched well, according to coach Mike Fleer, who was filling in as Greg Burke was on vacation.

Charlie Silcott hit a two-run home run in the second for Post 532G, David Dubiel added a double and Bryan Dillon had an RBI-single.

"For seven innings, we played great baseball," Fleer said. "The boys played well. The defense looked good. We just kind of fell apart in the eighth inning."

Fleer, who previously served as the freshman coach at Westland, likes the future of the program.

"They're going to have a very strong junior class," he said. "

Sean Clutter is going to be a tremendous player. Sean Beasy is going to be a junior as well, so there are some bright spots."