State Tournament, Horizon Lines Invitational kick off postseason

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 25, 2014

The postseason is bigger and better than ever in American Legion Baseball in Alaska. All 16 Legion AA teams are alive for regional competition as playoff games begin today at three different fields in Anchorage.

The Legion State Tournament is at Mulcahy Stadium, where the top eight teams from the regular season advanced for the right to represent Alaska at the Northwest Regional in Eugene, Ore.

This is the first time Legion teams have had to qualify for the state tournament. In years past everybody was invited.

Wasilla clinched the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive year under manager Boone Thompson and leads all Alaska Legion AA teams with 47 league wins over the last three years.

Service earned the No. 2 in a tiebreaker over No. 3 Chugiak and Eagle River. Kenai is No. 5, Dimond No. 6, Juneau No. 7 and South No. 8. 

South had to beat Kodiak 3-1 on the final day of the regular season to clinch a berth to the state tournament.

The second-place and third-place teams at the state tournament will play in the NWCART, a regional tournament held in Anchorage this year for the first time in seven years. The tournament will also feature teams from Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana.

Kodiak will be the No. 1 seed at the inaugural Horizon Lines Invitational, a consolation tournament for the bottom eight teams in the state.

The Horizon Lines will take place at Bartlett High School and Taylar Young Memorial Field at South High School.

The Horizon Lines tournament also features Fairbanks 30, Bartlett, Ketchikan, East, Fairbanks 11, Palmer and West.

The winner of the Horizon Lines will be the third Alaska team to play in the NWCART, which will be held the second week of August at Mulcahy Stadium.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.