Legion baseball season canceled: Post 22, Post 320 still plan to play non-sanctioned games
RAPID CITY, S.D. – With the high school spring sports season wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer sports are beginning to feel the effects, as well.
The National Headquarters for American Legion baseball announced on Sunday that it was canceling its season nationwide, meaning there will be no sanctioned legion baseball in 2020.
The decision from the national level overrules the South Dakota Legion Board of Directors which had voted previously to have a legion baseball season this summer.
The shutdown also cancels the American Legion World Series, as well as the regional and state tournaments.
However, local teams including Post 22 and Post 320 plan to play games this summer, but they won’t be under the umbrella of the American Legion.
“We’re not sure what our travel will be like,” Post 22 head coach Kelvin Torve said. “Whether we just take day trips or we take road trips just like Post 22 always does where we go and stay in hotels and stay in buses. I’m sure there’s going to be some kind of accommodations made for the virus. But the bottom line is we’re going to have a baseball season.”
“We still plan on playing our full schedule in June and July,” Post 320 head coach Brian Humphries said. “We’ll continue to have all of our tournaments. We’ll continue to still go on the road and play our games. Every tournament that’s not canceled, we’ll go to.
American Legion baseball coaches from across South Dakota plan to hold a conference call on Wednesday, May 13 to work out more details about this season.
But the Post 320 Stars are set to open their season on June 3 in Sturgis, while Post 22 plans to play its first game on June 10 against West Fargo.