Legion baseball coaches hope for a shortened season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Even though baseball teams can’t actually take the field right now, local American Legion baseball teams are still hoping to play later this summer, if the coronavirus crisis is under control by then.

When and for how long, that’s still to be determined.

On Tuesday, April 7, the national American Legion canceled the eight regional tournaments, as well as, the World Series which was scheduled for August.

However, the decision for a regular season, district and state tournament was left up to each individual state.

Rapid City Post 22 head coach Kelvin Torve is confident there will be some sort of baseball season this summer.

“The coaches in South Dakota, we have an email group going,” Post 22 head coach Kelvin Torve said. “We’re going to try to figure out something where at least we can have a state tournament. Whether its American Legion tournament or not depends on the decision the state legion commander makes. He’s going to make it around May 15. But we’re all motivated to have some kind of baseball season.”

Coach Torve says as far as a starting date, that depends on when state officials say its okay to have public gatherings.

Right now, Post 22 is leaving their schedule intact, except all the games in May have been canceled.

The Hardhats would still like to host tournaments this summer, such as the Firecracker Tournament, but that also depends on travel restrictions.

“If we can start June 1, we’ll just start with June 1,” Torve said. “A lot of that depends on out of town teams traveling here, as well. I know fundraising is going to be difficult for everybody. If there’s travel restrictions, that’s going to play into it. So right now we’re leaving our schedule in place. But that can change any minute. It just depends on how this whole virus thing plays out.”

The Class ‘A’ Senior American Legion State Tournament is currently scheduled for July 24-28 in Brandon.

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