Sportsline: New Legion baseball class proposal out
Bruce Deyak, manager of the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex and schedule maker for that area's sub- district meet, has proposed establishing a new major division in the Legion playoffs.
It would separate the major Twin Cities teams, frequently composed all-star units from two or more communities, into a major division.
These would continue to play by the national Legion rules, using nine innings of play with no reentry.
That group's state would continue to the regional and national tournaments.
The remainder of the larger teams, made up of single school players, would move to Division II and play by high school rules with seven inning limits and reentry used.
Many of these schools, such as St .Cloud Tech and Apollo and Brainerd divide their players among two Legion teams.
College players would be excluded from this level.
That division would end with the state meet.
The present Division II would remain intact and compete as Division III. While frequently composed of two or three schools, it is limited by the combined enrollment.
That division currently plays through the state and regional levels but does not have a national meet.
The major flaw in the proposal is that it sees the Legion program as a summer feeder for high school baseball which it once was through the 1950's when it had a 17 year old age limit prohibiting most high school seniors from playing.
The age limit has since been increased to 19 with the Legion schedule far longer and played in far better weather than the short high school year which is now the feeder program for the better Legion play
Most Legion teams play seven inning games until tournament time. With more games played and pitching limits in place, it requires teams to develop more pitching, an overall plus. And by summer, most high school pitchers should be ready to pitch more innings than during the weather plagued high school year.
Eden Prairie continued its lead in the American Legion baseball poll with 12 first place votes and 139 points.
Eastview is second with two first place votes and 121 points with No. St. Paul, Lakeville North and Excelsior rounding out the top five. Lakeville gained the final first place vote.
Mankato, Centennial, Burnsville, Tri City Red and Rosetown complete the top ten.
Duluth Lakeview is 15, Fergus Falls 16 and the St. Cloud Chutes 17.
Thirteen of the top 20 made the state tournament.
The annual Parent-Athlete pre-season meetings for fall sports have been set for Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.
There will be no central meeting in the auditorium this year. Instead players and parents will meet with the coaches of their particular sport.
Directions to reach meeting sites will be posted in the gymnasium lobby.
Only tennis will not meet that night. New Coach Mark Fodness has set his own squad meeting on a different night.
Teams involved are football, volleyball, boys and girls cross country and soccer and swimming.
All players are required to attend accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Anyone needing physicals should have them taken and on file in the athletic office prior to the start of practice. Most teams will start practice Aug. 16.
Signups for BYL fall baseball are now underway.
The short program will be conducted Aug. 10-12-17-19 at the Mark Evenson complex from 5:45-8 p.m.
It is open to BYL players between 8-14 at a cost of $20. It will be run by the staff and coaches of the BYL with basic fundamentals taught at each session followed by games.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Contact Moe Webb at 444-9322 for further information.
Mail registrations to BYLB Fall Ball, Box 1533, Bemidji 56619.
The 4th annual BSU Baseball metal bat Fall League will begin Aug. 22 for players 14-18 and will run on Sundays at 2 p.m. on Aug. 22 and 29, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 and Oct. 3.
Cost of the six week program is $70,
A wood bat league will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights on Aug. 31 and Sept 2-7-9-14-16-21-23-28 and Saturday Sept. 18.
The Saturday date will be the Fall Showcase with a newcomers game at 11, Fall League wood bat game at 1:30, a Beaver-Alumni game at 4 and a fall league metal bat game at 6:30.
Cost of the wood bat league is also $70 and players may take part in both leagues for $100.
No. Dakota champs
The Grand Forks Warriors, who bowed to Bismarck in the title game of the Coca Cola Classic at Bemidji this summer, got revenge by blasting the same opponent 13-0 in the title game of the North Dakota state tournament. The Warriors joined Bemidji's Northern Heat at Kalona, Iowa this week at the Cal Ripken regional tournament.
Registration is still open for the Don Fairchild Memorial Golf Tournament at Long Bow Aug. 30.
The meet raises funds to support young adults who have been in residence at the Northern Minnesota Juvenile Center where Fairchild taught for 20 years. Last year the meet raised $12,000 in scholarship money. It will be a four-man Texas Scramble with tee off at noon.
New field goes bad
The recently completed $184,000 Foley High football field has been ruled unfit for use and new bids put out to make corrections.
The Falcons had hoped to inaugurate the facility for their 100th grid season this fall but instead will return to the St. Cloud State gridiron.
The new field was rock filled, pock marked and as hard as the new track surrounding it.
Perennial Bemidji youth baseball summer foe Waite Park will continue to be a top opponent upcoming years.
The Waite Park 10 All-Stars won the state Cal Ripken title while its 13 year old unit won the Minnesota Sports Federation state title.
Sartell's 14-year-old team finished fourth among 33 teams at the Gopher State Tournament of Champions.
Thief River Falls is sending two teams to Minnesota Babe Ruth state meets. Its 15-year- olds are competing at Cold Spring while its 14 team is in its state meet at Moorhead.
Waite Park also has teams in those two events while Bemidji's 14's are in the Moorhead tournament.