Teams arrive at Shelby for World Series

From left: Press Jetcoat, Brooks Bryan and Tanner Burlison arrive at orientation for the American Legion World Series.

The eight teams competing in the American Legion World Series have arrived in Shelby.

Teams began arriving Monday afternoon and through the day Tuesday. For most, the first stop once they made it to Shelby was the Cleveland Mall for a tournament orientation.

As part of orientation, teams were introduced to tournament staff, host families and American Legion officials before receiving custom camouflaged jerseys, which will be worn during games on Saturday. Tuesday evening, teams were invited to Keeter Stadium for an open house ahead of this week’s games.

During a Tuesday orientation, teams competing in the American Legion World Series received their military appreciation day jerseys.

For the young men representing Alabama’s Troy Post 70, Tuesday’s activities were the latest in a whirlwind of events. Following a lengthy rain delay on Sunday, the team won its way into the World Series at around midnight, then had to catch a seven-hour bus ride from Alabama to Shelby early the next morning.

Teams competing in the American Legion World Series have arrived in Shelby.

“I don’t think I went to bed until 2 am, I was so excited. Then we had a bus ride at 8 (am),” said Todd Clay, Post 70’s shortstop.

This year is Post 70s first ever appearance in the World Series. Neither Clay nor Brooks Bryan, Post 70 catcher, said they were nervous about being the first to make it.

“It’s a pretty good thought, that this team has never been here before. There have been other teams that were good. For us to make that achievement has been big for the city,” Bryan said.

“I’m a little anxious. I’m just ready to play,” added Clay.

Post 70 is one of three teams making first appearances in the American Legion World Series. Camden Post 7, of South Carolina, and League City Post 554 of Texas are also making first trips to the series.

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