Cherokee’s baseball team clinches third state tournament berth

| July 25, 2016

COSHOCTON – On Wednesday, July 27 Bob Bigrigg and his fellow coaching staff will lead the Coshocton Cherokees 19-U baseball team to the State Senior American Legion Baseball Tournament just as he did 40 years prior. However, this time he will be returning not as a player, but as an assistant coach.

This year marks the third time that the Cherokees baseball team has advanced to the state tournament, a feat that only the 1976 and 2011 teams can attest to. Bigrigg expressed that he is not only proud of his son Josh, who is on the team, but also each and every player who has played an intricate part in paving the team’s way to its third state tournament.

“I’m very proud of each and every one of those boys because they’ve worked toward their goal and have ultimately achieved it. Now the next step is to refocus as we head down to Lancaster so we can do all that we can to win the tournament,” said Bigrigg.

Bigrigg credits much of the Cherokees’ success to their excellent pitching and defense that they’ve showcased throughout this season.

“We’re very fortunate to have an experienced baseball team which a number of the boys have been a part of for up to three to four years now so that experience certainly makes a big difference when it comes to playing in big games. This year we’ve been particularly strong both pitching wise and on defense so those aspects of the game have truly been our keys to success both during the season and moving forward into this tournament,” said Bigrigg.

The Cherokees, which essentially is composed of an all-star cast of players from numerous schools, have relied upon many different players to get them to the point at which they are now.

According to Bigrigg, “It seems to me like we have a different player each game that steps up and is able to carry us forward to victory so that just goes to show the depth and quality of players that we are so very fortunate to have on this team.”

The Coshocton Cherokees will be back in action on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. at Beaver’s Field in Lancaster as they take on St. Clairsville in their first game of the double elimination tournament.


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