The field for the Class A American Legion Baseball State Tournament got a little less crowded Tuesday, as the defending state A champion Cody Cubs accepted an invitation to participate in the Class …
The field for the Class A American Legion Baseball State Tournament got a little less crowded Tuesday, as the defending state A champion Cody Cubs accepted an invitation to participate in the Class AA tournament.
Cody’s decision to move up a class comes on the heels of a void created by the Cheyenne Post 6 team. Cheyenne chose to forgo the state tournament in favor of participating in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico, July 26 through Aug. 3.
According to a statement released late Tuesday evening by Wyoming Legion Baseball Chairman Cody Beers, the decision to extend an invitation to several teams was made after discussions with Wyoming Class AA coaching representatives Nate Perleberg and Jason Huggins. Cody manager Bart Grenz accepted the invitation, and the Cubs will now be the fourth seed from the AA East Conference.
Cody’s decision to move up a class created an imbalance in the Class A East and West conferences. Beers met with representatives from both conferences to rectify the issue, and as it now stands, Powell, Green River and Riverton will represent the West conference and be seeded according to their regular season records. Lovell is ineligible for the state tournament this season due to a clerical error, so a fourth seed will be added out of the East Conference. Eastern A teams Cheyenne A, Douglas, Gillette A, Torrington and Wheatland will finish out their seasons, with the top four seeds advancing to state. The team that finishes fifth in the East will then be shifted over to the West, becoming the fourth seed.
Beers said in the statement that he will be meeting with coaches at both the AA and A state tournaments to discuss Cheyenne’s decision and what it means for Legion ball moving forward.
“It’s my desire of every Wyoming Legion team to, first and foremost, ‘honor the patch,’” Beers said.
Cheyenne Post 6’s decision to forgo the Wyoming state tournament is an unprecedented one, though the Connie Mack World Series is considered by many to be the best amateur baseball tournament in the country. Cheyenne is the first Wyoming team to qualify for the Connie Mack in the event’s 54-year history.