Tuesday, June 24, 2014
On Thursday, June 19, the Kingstree Post 8 Junior Legion team honored America’s veterans during a game in which they played host to Lake City. All players on each side played in honor of a veteran of an American war. As the players were called out on the lineup, the veteran that they were representing was also announced, along with their accolades. After the lineups and veterans were announced, Retired Army National Guard First SGT Robert McClary read the Player’s Creed to the teams at home plate. Kingstree also paid respect to our veterans by wearing their military appreciation uniforms. These special jerseys were all digicamo except for the black numbers on the back and the words “Kingstree Post 8” printed on the chest. The most unique part of the jersey, however, were the words above the numbers on the back. Each player had a different military-related term such as service, loyalty, and courage just to name a few. When the ceremonies ended, Kingstree finally took the field wearing their jerseys of honor. The pitching matchup for the night included Williamsburg Academy rising sophomore Hunter Knight on the mound for Kingstree dueling against Thomas Montrose of Lake City High getting the start for Lake City. Being the away team, Lake City struck first, scoring four runs in the first inning. Montrose held the Kingstree offense silent for the first three innings of the contest. After some solid hits and good breaks, Kingstree managed to plate two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kingstree clawed their way back into the contest, unfortunately, it was too little too late. Overall, it was an exciting game, but it went in Lake City’s favor with a final score of 7-2. Despite the loss, it was a memorable night for everyone in attendance, especially our veterans. We greatly appreciate every military veteran and all they have done for us and this great country.