In recent years, as most American Legion baseball teams in the area were drawing from a single high school, Worthington Post 239 was an exception.

In recent years, as most American Legion baseball teams in the area were drawing from a single high school, Worthington Post 239 was an exception.

Post 239 has been one of the top teams in the area and the state, partly because it has drawn the best players from both Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools.

At least for now, those days are over. With Kilbourne players either on travel teams or not playing this summer, Post 239 has a roster filled almost entirely with former and current players from Thomas. Second-year coach Jim Townsend said that while that might diminish the overall talent, it should have a positive effect at Thomas next spring.

"It doesn't necessarily make it any easier (to have players from one school), but I think it does help coach (Stephen Gussler's) team at Thomas," Townsend said.

Thomas senior Frankie Aledia said the change has made things easier in some regards.

"You don't have to worry about getting to know each other," he said. "And we've been working as a team together with school ball, so it's actually a lot easier this year to get in touch with everybody and get there early and hit."

Worthington is coming off an impressive campaign last summer. Post 239 finished 32-6 overall and reached the state tournament. It went 1-2 at state and was eliminated by Cincinnati Mount Carmel Post 72 12-3.

Despite the single-school roster, Post 239 is off to a solid start this season. Before playing Upper Arlington Post 443 last Tuesday, Worthington was 11-6 overall and 7-2 in the district.

"We're doing very well," Aledia said. "The games we lost, we battled pretty hard but we just couldn't pull it out. Other than that, we're hitting the ball well. Before the Troy tournament (June 12-14), we had 18 hits the game before that and we had three consecutive games where we run-ruled teams."

Post 239 has a slightly older roster than in past years, with several 2009 graduates and two 2008 graduates. Two of the 2009 graduates, Jordan Peters and Dominic Porretta have led the pitching staff. Porretta was honorable mention all-district last spring after hitting .422.

Also in the rotation for Post 239 will be seniors Jordan Novotny, Taylor Cooper, Srivaths Venkatachari, Eric Petry and Sam Bohon. Petry was second-team all-district last spring.

Aledia, who was second-team all-district last spring, has handled most of the catching duties, although senior Sam Adams has seen some action as well. Adams was first-team all-district last spring but primarily played other positions.

Peters also has started at first base, and Cooper has seen most of the action at third. In the middle of the infield, senior second baseman Dillon Crecelius and senior shortstop Alex Miller were expected to return to the lineup this week after missing most of the first part of the season with other commitments.

Kyle Harned, a 2008 graduate who plays at Wittenberg, has played in the outfield and infield. Also in the outfield have been Novotny, Adams and 2009 graduate Eric Erb. Adams also will be used as a designated hitter.

Also on the roster are 2008 graduate Kyle Lindquist (utility/P), 2009 graduates Max Bohon (IF/P) and Jeremy Kuhn (OF), senior Seth Bullock (IF) and junior David Lykens (P/OF). Lindquist is the only player from Kilbourne.

Townsend said he'd like to see the team win a district title like it did last season. But because most of the players come from Thomas, the biggest priority is getting the players ready for next spring.

"Winning the district tournament is really where we set our goal at, but I won't say that it's the only thing we measure our season by," Townsend said.

"We want to win games, but player development is the main thing."


At a glance

•Coach: Jim Townsend, second season

•Key players: Sam Adams, Frankie Aledia, Eric Erb, Jordan Peters and Dominic Porretta

•Next game: Today vs. Post 164 (Grove City)