Jake Stenger

August 30, 2013
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Recently the American Legion Baseball State finals were held at East Central High School in St. Leon. Post 464 of St. Leon was one of the five teams in the tournament. Unfortunately, things did not go like they had hoped as they were quickly eliminated by back to back loses to Terre Haute and Crawfordsville. This, however, is not the reason for this article. This story centers on Jake Stenger, who with this state appearance, completed his 54th year in one manner or another as part of the St. Leon Post 464 team. For most of those years, Jake was the manager. He gave that position up a few years ago when he decided that maybe it would be better for a younger man to act as manager and he take a lesser role in the team. Knowing Jake, as long as Jake could get to the diamond, he will be part of the Legion baseball scene. Many young men can thank Jake for advancing their careers in baseball. We need more of these kind of people today to continue the work that people like Jake have done. Today it seems that people are interested in volunteering but only when they are part of their own kids’ team. As soon as their son/daughter leaves the program, they leave it as well. We can thank them for at least doing that, but programs only prosper when volunteers like Jake continue to serve and add consistency to the program. If you want to know what I mean, check the records. I think St. Leon has won at least 20 significant titles under Jake’s tutelage.

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