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American Legion State Tournament Field is Set as Minnesota's Best Teams Converge Upon Edina

August 1-5 event marks the first time Edina, the defending State Champ, has hosted American Legion State Baseball Tournament

Edina, Minnesota (July 30, 2013) – American Legion Baseball teams from across Minnesota will be in Edina this weekend for the annual Minnesota American Legion State Tournament. A total of 16 teams will play in the double-elimination tournament at Edina’s Braemar Field complex. The winner of the tournament will advance to the regional tournament and possibly to the American Legion World Series held in North Carolina.

The tournament, with eight metro teams and eight outstate teams; will give baseball fans a true look at the best players from across Minnesota. “We couldn’t ask for a better field,” said Channing Handberg, tournament director. “Completing the field was the last step in getting ready for this event that has taken three years and countless volunteer hours to produce.”

Last year the Edina Legion team beat Eden Prairie, the defending state and World Series champion to advance from state to regional competition. The title was the community’s fifth state Legion title, tying them with rival Eden Prairie for the most in state history. 2013 also marks the 30th anniversary of Edina’s 1983 Legion team that won the American Legion World Series Championship.

The 2013 field features a good mix of regular entrants and teams making their first or second appearance. The tournament begins with teams in pool play with the top teams in each pool advancing to the Championship round.

The 2013 Field is as follows:

Sub-state section 1: Rochester, 2: New Ulm, section 3: Eden Prairie, section 4: Excelsior, section 5: Burnsville, section 6: Apple Valley, section 7: Mahtomedi, section 8: Forest Lake, section 9: Chester Bird, section 10: Grand Rapids, section 11: Osseo, section 12: St. Cloud Chutes, section 13: St. Francis, section 14: Alexandria, 15: Cold Spring, Defending Champion: Edina

“This is a great field of teams. The best of the best,” said Edina Legion Coach Nick Kennedy. “Not only are there some great metro area teams like Eden Prairie, Chester Bird and Burnsville, but the out-state area is very well represented with strong programs coming from Grand Rapids, Rochester and Forest Lake.”

While tournament play starts on Aug. 2, the tournament kicks off on Thursday Aug. 1 with a first-of-its-kind opening ceremony, followed by a Home Run Derby and the annual pre-tournament banquet.

Opening Ceremony Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, August 1st

• 2:30 sharp – All (345) Legion BB Players & Coaches on the field

• 2:35 – ceremonial first pitch from Purple Heart Recipient Sgt. Bob Burley

• 2:39 - welcome by Ret. Brig. General Dennis Schulstad

• 2:42 -presentation of colors by the Chanhassen Post 580 Honor Guard

• 2:49 - T-6 Thunder, WWII planes military flyover Braemar Fields (8 minute show)

• 3:00 – Opening Ceremony completed

• 3:30-5:00pm – Homerun Derby at Field # 3 (one player from each Legion team in tourney)

“We have had nearly 250 volunteers working to put this event together,” said Handberg. “This is going to be one of the best Legion tournaments in some time. We have the traditional powers along with some teams looking to make a name for themselves. It’s going to be a baseball fan’s dream come true.”

For more information about the tournament or for ticket information please visit, http://www.edinalegiontourney.com.

About Edina American Legion Baseball:

The Edina American Legion Baseball Program is one of the most storied programs in the state. The program holds five state championships (1955, 1969, 1982, 1983, and 2012) and one American Legion World Series Title (1983). The program has spawned the baseball futures of more than 15 former players who have gone onto to play professional baseball. In addition, hundreds of former Edina American Legion players have gone to play at the collegiate level.

About American Legion Baseball:

Founded in 1925, American Legion Baseball supports more than 5,400 teams and 100,000 players from all 50 states. American Legion Baseball lists baseball stars and legends Harmon Killebrew, Roger Maris, Paul Molitor, albert Pujols, Justin Verlander and Ted Williams as former players. The American Legion program has been a constant in Minnesota since its inception and produced five National Champions over that time span. Currently there are 321 American Legion teams in the state of Minnesota. For more information please visit, http://www.legion.org/baseball.

 

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