Former Big Leaguer from Rapid City inspires the next generation at the Central Plains Regional Banquet
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Welcome Banquet was held Tuesday evening at the Monument in Rapid City to mark the official start of the Central Plains Regional Baseball Tournament.
All eight teams were introduced, along with the umpires and tournament officials.
Post 22 Alumni and former Major League Baseball player, Mark Ellis was the guest speaker.
Ellis was the starting shortstop for the 1993 Rapid City post 22 team that finished with a 70-5 record and won the American Legion World Series.
He then went on to play 12 seasons in the big leagues, mainly with the Oakland Athletics.
Ellis reminded the players who are competing this weekend to have fun and enjoy the game.
“I have a 15-year old son who loves playing the game of baseball and you just want to let them go out there and enjoy playing the game,” said Mark Ellis. “It’s not about anything else. It’s about going out there and just having fun and letting your joy shine out there. No matter what happens in that game, baseball is a game of failure and we just have to remember that the reason we’re out there is to have fun.”
American Legion Central Plains Regional Tournament
Schedule for Wednesday, Aug. 3
All the games will take place at the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Ballpark in Rapid City.
Millard South vs Moville, IA 9:30 a.m.
Mankato, MN vs Creighton Prep 12 p.m.
West Fargo vs Sioux Falls East 3:30 p.m.
St. Micheal, MN vs RC Post 22 6:15 p.m.