MORGANTOWN, W.Va – It has been a whirlwind month of July for the Morgantown Post 2 American Legion baseball team.

After opening the season with a 5-11 record, Post 2 hit its stride this month, currently having won 12 of its last 15 games including a 17-1 blowout win in the Area 2 championship game.

With more postseason play on the horizon, Morgantown is playing its best baseball of the summer.

First baseman and pitcher Caleb Cottle has seen this team come together over the last couple of months and says it was simply a matter of finding the right chemistry.

“We got a lot of guys from different schools. We didn’t really know each other when we started so we definitely bonded and came together as a team more,” he said.

Bringing it all together is the knowledge that they’re all in it for each other.

“I know everybody on the field is going to compete so that helps. There’s a lot of leaders on this team,” he said, “It’s a team full of leaders.”

Part of the slow start in the win column for Post 2 was the difficulty of the schedule during the month of June.

Taking part in tournament play in Pittsburgh at the Diamond Classic and in North Carolina at the Randolph County Series, Morgantown went out of its way to take on competition superior to what it would face in an exculusively local schedule.

Manager Andy Altemus held onto that belief all season and its paying dividends now, something he told his guys before the area tournament.

“There’s nobody in the state or maybe the region more battle-tested. This schedule was the hardest schedule we’ve ever put together. We did that for a reason.” he said.

“We go down to North Carolina and play teams that are going to be in regionals and we competed against them so they know they can do it and there was going to be losses along the way and its nice to see them put it all together at the end of the year.”

With a target on its back now as area champions, Post 2 is ready to continue its bid for a spot in the American Legion World Series next month.