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He was the best player in the Lebanon County American Legion baseball league this summer. In much the same way, Amani Jones was the best player at the Region Four legion tournament this week.

Combining athleticism, versatility and a specific feel for the game, Jones led Lebanon County entrant Myerstown to a second place showing at the Region Four tournament in Mechanicsburg. With Jones showing the way, Myerstown reached the championship game of the eight-team, double-elimination event, where it fell to Paxton, 10-3.

Jones was instrumental in helping Myerstown to three straight victories at the start of the regional tournament. With his speed and heady baserunning, his thundering bat at the top of the order and a steady presence at shortstop, Jones was an electrifying performer throughout the summer for Myerstown.

The veteran infielder even pitched at the regional tournament, when called upon by his arm-depleted team.

Jones is a bright, conscientious and outgoing young man, all qualities required for leadership in a team sport.

A graduate of Cedar Crest, Jones was a solid contributor to Stevenson University’s Division Three baseball team as a freshman this spring.

  • Jeff Falk

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