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Annual Firecracker - a tradition and showcase

July 6, 2017

Rapid City South Dakota - Rapid City Journal - The big goals are upcoming for the Rapid City Post 22 Hardhats — win the state tournament, win the regional tournament and play in the World Series.


Those goals are pretty well etched in stone for the proud American Legion baseball program.


Certainly, there are other goals, and one was met last weekend, while another slipped through their fingers.


The Hardhats wanted to win all of their home games at Fitzgerald Stadium, but came up short in a 6-1 loss to Eden Prairie, Minn., Monday night in the 2017 Camping World Firecracker Tournament.


At the same time, winning the Firecracker was also high on their list. They did just that with a 10-2 drubbing of Eden Prairie in the title game Tuesday night.

“Going into the year, we talked about not wanting to lose a game at home and we lost one (Monday night),” Post 22 catcher Timmy Paris said. “But to bounce back and beat the same team, that feels pretty good. Winning the tournament was a big goal of ours."


Post 22 pitcher Kyle Maguire said that growing up in Rapid City, the Firecracker Tournament means a lot to the city and the Hardhats.“It had been a couple of years since we had won it, so it is a great feeling, and it was great to see all of the fans come out and support us. It was great to get a win for them,” Maguire said.


All teams have their fans, regardless of the sport. It would be hard pressed, though, to see any more loyal fans than that of Post 22. Glancing around the stadium Tuesday night, there were hundreds of Post 22 baseball caps worn by the young and old alike. There were new caps that just recently were purchased and old caps that have endured the many years of sun, rain and countless innings played. Old Post 22 caps never go out of style at "The Fitz."  Click here to read more.




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