Post 37 begins search for another state title

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Shelby returns several players from last season’s championship team

By Brian Stone

The Shelbyville American Legion team will look to add another state championship to its ever-growing resume this season, using some familiar faces while sprinkling some newcomers into the team.


Catcher Zane Baker will return from Spalding University for his third year as a member of the team, anchoring a group of players with a good amount of pitchers on roster this season.

In total, the team will showcase 11 different players that should all see time on the mound, providing the team with a good amount of flexibility in its lineup.

Pitchers Caleb and Marcus Collins, Brandon Moore, Austin Ruble and Cameron Mattingly are names that should be familiar to fans of Shelbyville-based teams and will give the team lots of options in eating up innings on the bump.

Matt Buresh returns for his second season as head coach of the Post 37 squad, which captured another state championship last season.

“I think we’ve got a good amount of athleticism on the team this season and good team speed,” Buresh said. “We have some great defensive players, above average pitching and we should be able to hit pretty well.”

New faces on the team will include Trinity’s Brett Pfaadt, who hit .300 in 12 games as a junior for the Shamrocks this season to go along with four RBIs.

Brothers Bobby and John Henry Fowler come to the team by way of Highlands Latin School in Louisville to help man the middle infield.

Finally, Jacob Sheeley joins this season’s team after a freshman year at Midway University in which he took the field as a catcher and will serve as an alternate behind the plate for the veteran Baker.

Rounding out the roster will be infielders Blake Gribbons, Michael Hill and Michael Lonak who will give the team some run support at the plate as well as keeping the team in close games with solid fielding ability.