The Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 baseball team has been clicking on all cylinders so far this season, sporting a 23-4 overall record.
Led by head coach Todd Engle, Beverly/Lowell will be heading to The Plains (near Athens) to play in the Athens Tournament. Beverly/Lowell's first game will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. against Athens Juniors, and they will play again at 2:45 p.m. against Bridgeport.
Also playing in the tournament will be Athens, Zanesville, Troy, and Troy Juniors.
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Warren High’s Landon Kern (2) rounds second during a spring game. Kern is currently one of Beverly/Lowell’s top hitters.
Engle said Kordell Antill will likely be the game one starter, but nothing is set in stone yet.
"We're still figuring it out," Engle said. "We've got some kids coming back from vacation, so we'll see."
Engle recognizes the high level of competition, but said his team has the potential to win the tournament.
"It's good, quality baseball," Engle said of the tournament. "We're at a point where if we play well, we think we can win every game. So in that sense we expect to win it all. We've played some of these teams before. They're all pretty equal, and well-coached. We just have to play small ball and execute the fundamentals."
Games will be played on Friday and Saturday, with the championship being played on Sunday.
"We've sort of built our program around pitching and defense," Engle said.
"We've been extremely blessed with the kids that have thrown the bulk of the innings. Early on we weren't hitting well, but offensively we're getting better. I like where we're at."
The tournament will be separated into two brackets. The top two teams in each bracket will play at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and the winners of those games will play at 1:30 p.m. later that day for the championship.