John Autry Yonce throws a pitch against Belton on June 6.
(ANDREW MACKE | INDEX-JOURNAL)
John Autry Yonce throws a pitch against Belton on June 6. (ANDREW MACKE | INDEX-JOURNAL)
After wrapping up his junior season at Strom Thurmond High School, pitcher John Autry Yonce wanted to keep playing baseball through the summer, but did not have a team to play for.
But his high school teammate, Jacob Bass, soon resolved that problem.
Bass signed up to play for the Greenwood American Legion Post 20 Braves and then recruited Yonce to fill one of the final roster spots.


“Jacob came up and played up here, and he invited me to come play up here,” Yonce said. “American Legion, I’ve always heard very good things about it, and Post 20 is a very good organization to play with.
“I wanted to play somewhere, but I didn’t know where. When Jacob told me there was a spot open on this team, that was it. I wanted to play.”
Yonce is definitely glad he joined the Braves. The rising senior wanted to play somewhere he could get a lot of practice and playing time, while having fun, and the Braves provided that.

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