American Legion Post 140 Baseball Honors Veterans

“We really wanted to find a way to honor the Veterans,” ... Post 140 coach Chad Henry.

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Greenville Honor Guard fires three-round volley at American Legion Post 140 home game with Muncie Legion Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)

GREENVILLE – Greenville American Legion Post 140 honored US Military Veterans prior to its July 5th matchup with visiting Muncie Post 19, a game won by the visitors 6-2.

Greenville American Legion Post 140 players and coaches pay honor to American during National Anthem in home game at Sater Heights Park. (Dale Barger photo)
Greenville Marine Corps Veteran Rod Saylor throws out the first pitch in Greenville American Legion Post 140 vs Muncie Post 19 baseball game honoring Veterans. (Dale Barger photo)

The Greenville Honor Guard presented the Colors, fired a three round volley and played Taps prior to Rod Saylor, a US Marine Corps Veteran who served two tours in Vietnam three out the game’s opening pitch.

“We really wanted to find a way to honor the Veterans,” said Post 140 head coach Chad Henry. “We wear the Post 140 on our chest, we play Legion Baseball but I feel like there are situations we could probably try to do a little better, try to educate our youth on doing that.”

“To have them out there doing those things, have a live Anthem out there on the field, playing taps and shooting the rifles, that’s incredible stuff for those kids to be a part of,” Henry added. “Absolutely glad we could share that with them.”

Greenville Honor Guard presents Colors at American Legion Post 140 baseball game with Muncie Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)

The Greenville Honor Guard included: Rod Saylor, US Marine Corps (Vietnam) 1968-1971; Ron Riegle, US Air Force, 1970-1974; Keith Denman, US Navy, 1975-2005; Andy Melbo, US Army (Vietnam) 1968-1971; Larry Rammel, US Air Force, 1966-1972; Ken Wombold, US Army, 1965-1971; Gaylen Blosser, US Army (Vietnam) 1968-1970.

Veterans attending Greenville American Legion Post 140 baseball game were honored in pre-game ceremonies. (Dale Barger photo)

All Veterans in the stands for the game were invited to the field during the opening ceremonies to be recognized for their service to America.

Dave McCartney, US Marines Corps Veteran and US Army Veteran Bad Allen umpired game between Greenville American Legion Post 140 and Muncie Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)

Umpiring the game was Dave McCartney, US Marines Corps Veteran Dave and US Army Veteran Bad Allen.

Gaylen Blosser (L) and Aiden Psczulkosky share a moment prior to Wednesday night honoring Veterans at Greenville American Legion Post 140 baseball game with Muncie Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)

Post 140 starting catcher and 2023 Arcanum graduate Aiden Psczulkoski will be leaving soon for VMI (Virginia Military Insitute), a military academy and upon graduation will be commissioned as a US Air Force Officer  with plans for a military career.

“Having a kid like Aiden here with his opportunity that he’s created going through service next year, I felt like it was a good opportunity to show these kids a little bit of the tradition, the kind of things we grew up watching,” Coach Henry stated.

Each player and coach wore a new uniform jersey with the name and rank of family member or friend on the back of the jersey making for an American Legion Post 140 special night at Greenville Sater Heights Park.

Carson Henry, an incoming GHS senior played the National Anthem on his saxophone. Henry is the son of Post 140 head coach Chad Henry and Lauren Henry.

Greenville incoming senior, Carson Henry plays the National Anthem at American Legion Post 140 game with visiting Muncie Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)

The teams played to a 2-2 score after one inning of action before Muncie would take advantage of several Post 140 miscues to post a single run in the top of the third to lead 3-2.

Muncie added three-runs in the top of the fourth to lead 6-2 where the score would stand after seven-innings of play.

“We had a lot of failure out there on the defensive end,” Henry stated. “We didn’t make sure we are failing forward. Kids aren’t going to be perfect making plays, grown men that get paid to do this aren’t perfect but when we do something we want to make sure we’re going about it the right way.”

“I think the kids are confident in what they’re doing but sometimes they get down on themselves and baseball is a metaphor for life, you’re going to fail and you have to come back from it,” Coach Henry concluded.

Bryce Blumenstock honors his late grandfather, US Veteran Kenneth Givens at the Greenville American Legion Post 140 game with Muncie Legion Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)
Greenville American Legion Post 140 pitcher Alex Kolb honors his grandfather, Dennis “Butch” Clark at home game with Muncie American Legion Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)
Brayden Wills honors his grandfather Ron Wills at Greenville American Legion Post 140 home game with Muncie Post 19. (Dale Barger photo)
Post 140 catcher Aiden Psczulkoski honors his Veteran mother, Ashley Pzczulkoski. (Dale Barger photo)
Muncie American Legion Post 19 stands for the playing of the National Anthem at Veterans night game with Greenville Post 140. (Dale Barger photo)