By Bob Cobb What to do for an encore. This is the perplexing problem problem the Maryville American Legion baseball team has to face as pre-season workouts continue. “First o fall, we’ve got a tough act to follow,” commented Coach Turner Tyson Tyson while reviewing the highlights highlights of a successful 18-5 season season last year. Maryville Daily Forum Saturday, May 18, 1968 The Legionnaires were all but unstoppble for the most part of the 1967 schedule, winning winning the District 4 title for the third straight time. Sporting a well-balanced team, they compiled compiled the best Maryville percentage percentage mark of this decade. Coach Tyson professes to be a natural pessimist although it’s hard to believe. Just before before the first team meeting he feared for his new team’s defense. defense. “We may be visibly hurt there because our championship championship infield is completely dissolved,” he revealed. Mick Derr, Ron Moore, Cdby Lamb and Steve Sutton, aronnd the horn from third to first, pounced on many an errant liner or grounder in clutch situations. All were steady, somewhat spectacular, spectacular, performers, according to Coach Tyson. Frank Schuster is the lone garden returnee, slated to retain his center field post. Gone is rugged leftfielder Mark DeVore who was one of the few Maryvillians who did not blow his cool in the Springfield Springfield Western Zone tournament, the lone disaster for the locals last summer. Another outfield casualty is Mike Nelson who has traded a Louisville slugger for a prone lethal U. S. Army weapon. Nelson joined the team midway midway and turned in some glittering glittering defensive plays in addition addition to hitting over the .300 mark. Dependable Ray Madden is back behind the plate. Based j on his steady improvement a year ago, he will do most of the receiving and help out with the stick. Tyson is not only mourning the loss of Sutton and Derr, j his two leading hitters for average, .333 and .337, respecti- i vely, but he will miss the strong leadership shown on the part of all missing team mem- j bers from last year.