MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Royals have a new look and, on Wednesday, the local fans had their first chance to see them.
What the fans saw was a team with some growing to do.
For the first time, the unified Mount Vernon Post 136/Ashley Post 518 baseball team played at the Mount Vernon High School field. The Royals scored two quick runs against the Licking County Athletics, but then their bats fell silent as the team suffered a 6-2 loss.
“We couldn’t get the hits when we needed them,” said Royals coach Mike King. “We had our chances, but we weren’t bringing anyone around.”
This year’s Royals squad is the most diverse in its history. The starting nine represents five different high schools by itself, from Mount Vernon all the way to Buckeye Valley. This brings up new challenges for King and Bob Thomas, the head coach of Ashley.
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