By CT McDonald
While there continues to be a flurry of activity to put together leagues, teams and fields to play on to get an abbreviated summer baseball season underway, resolving the details happens in bits and pieces — but it’s happening.
The newly formed independent South Carolina American Summer League (SCASL) — a 2020 alternative to the official American Legion Baseball (ALB) league — has been taking registrations and forming rosters with the goal of starting their season this month and concluding it at the end of July.
Playoffs are reportedly planned for August 3-16.
With American Legion teams from around the state having signed on to field an independent SCASL team, local area teams are included in the surge of those who plan to play. Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24, Lexington Post 7 and West Columbia Post 79 are all gearing up for the independent season with senior teams and junior teams, using ALB age guidelines.
Lexington P7 will be playing home games at their familiar Ballpark Road field, Chapin/Newberry recently put its roster in place so that they are preparing to start practicing, and West Columbia is looking forward to returning to the summer baseball mix as “one of the best in 2020.”
Junior teams Lexington Red, Lexington White, Lexington Navy, Irmo Gold and Northside Christian Black will play as Lexington P7 affiliates, and West Columbia has also registered an affiliated junior team.
And, as previously reported, Columbia and the northeast and southeast midlands will also be represented this year by the new Richland Post 215 team, as well as the new junior team, Richland Northeast.
Schedules are still in the works, as are details for an available playing field for some of the teams statewide, but the modified summer season is still expected to get started later in June.