Back Row L-R: Coach Travis Smith, Terrell Sells, Bailey Sinner, Nate Quarry, Nate Scheibe, Seth Morton, Chris Cronican, Coach Jim Holman.
Front Row L-R: Ryan Schaeffer, Cody Compton, Blake Andres, Ian Hurst, Chris Garrett, Aaron Trimmell, Beau Magnuson
The Post #246 Asotin County Blues are a member of the Junior AA Legion Spokane League (www.spokanealb.com). This twenty-seven team AA league includes teams from the Greater Spokane League high schools such as University, Gonzaga Prep, Ferris, Mead, Mount Spokane, Lewis and Clark, Shadle Park, Central, West, and East Valley high schools. Other league members located outside of the greater Spokane area include Cheney, Medical Lake, Coeur D’ Alene, Deer Park, Kettle Falls, Lakeside, Freeman, Northwest Christian, Trail, B.C., Pullman, and Whitman County (Colfax). Being highly respected nationally, the Spokane League hosted the 2010 American Legion World Series (Senior Legion) as well as the Northwest Regional Tournament.
In the 2010 season, only their second year of existence, the Asotin County Blues were the AA Spokane League’s American League Western Division champion and attended the AA Washington State Tournament held in Anacortes. In both 2011 and 2012, the Blues were the overall AA Spokane League Champions and once again represented the league at the AA State Tournament in Anacortes, WA.
The mission of the Asotin County Blues is to improve the skill level of our high school programs. Since we are an American Legion program, all of our opponents are rostered with the best baseball athletes selected from each of their respective base high schools in Spokane and the surrounding areas. Therefore, EVERY game we play on our schedule is highly competitive, which we feel accelerates the skill level and improvement we have seen in our own players. One merely needs to look at the box scores from the Clarkston High School Bantams and the Asotin High School Panthers baseball games each week to see the major contributions made by all of the Asotin County Blues players on a game-by-game basis.
At the same time, we have served as a springboard for players to progress onward in their baseball careers. In 2010, we had four players invited to try out in front of scouts from the Phillies and Brewers and multiple northwest area colleges. We are also a feeder team for the AAA Pullman Patriots. Six of our graduates have played for the Lewis-Clark Twins and two played for the AAA Pullman Patriots. Many of our alumni are currently playing college-level baseball.
Our organization, as well as the entire Spokane league, prefers to utilize non-parent, baseball-savvy coaches in order to avoid the special interest and hidden agendas that tend to arise with parent coaches. Indeed, our coaching staff boasts a former major leaguer (Travis Smith) who is keenly aware of the nuances of pitching, mechanics, and protecting and developing young arms which is not always seen with nonprofessional coaches. Our coaching staff also includes the head coaches of both the Clarkston High School (Bruce Bensching) and Asotin High School (Jim Holman) varsity baseball programs.
The Blues generally play a busy forty-five plus game season schedule where a portion of our games are played at our home field at the Asotin High School Baseball Complex and the other portion are traveled to by van transportation. Non-league opponents include the Lewis-Clark Cubs, teams from Walla Walla and occasionally the Seattle area. Each year, we travel to a tournament outside the area. In 2011, we placed third at the Kalispell, Montana tournament and this year plan on attending tournaments in Walla Walla and again in Kalispell, MT.
The Asotin County Blues pride themselves in the fact that our players are allowed to play and develop at multiple positions and are not relegated to only one single position on the field or to only one specific game situation. We also are aware that many of our athletes do participate in sports other than baseball and that those sports frequently have summer camps or clinics. We do allow our players to attend one camp during our season if they desire.
The Asotin County Blues are a nonprofit organization that functions on generous community donations and reasonable player fees and are governed by a five-member Board of Directors that meets monthly throughout the year. We do welcome and appreciate those that volunteer their services in whatever capacity they wish.
Our team is sponsored by American Legion Post #246 in Clarkston, whose service to our country is immeasurable and greatly appreciated.
2013 will also mark the 2nd year in existence of the Jr. Blues. This team provides the opportunity for players 13 years and older to play American Legion baseball and participate in the Spokane League’s Junior A Division – which comprises of nineteen other Junior A teams. We likewise anticipate a forty-game schedule and hopefully an A State Tournament appearance for the Junior A Blues.
Should you have any question, we would be happy to answer them or talk with you further. You can contact Arvid Lyons (509) 758-3804 or Jim Holman (509) 243-3131.
Thank you for this opportunity to share with you about our program and “Let’s Go Blues”.