After extended postseason runs by high school teams, Legion league makes changes
- The York-Adams American Legion Baseball League has made some changes for its 2017 season.
- Fourteen of the 15 league teams will be involved in special one-game playoffs on July 2.
- The winners of the games will earn berths into the eight-team, double-elimination league playoffs.
- The league regular-season champion won't have to play on July 2.
Extended postseason runs by the high school baseball teams from Dallastown, Kennard-Dale and West York has forced the York-Adams American Legion League to make some changes for the 2017 season.
Dallastown advanced to Friday's PIAA Class 6-A championship game, while West York made the state 4-A quarterfinals and Kennard-Dale made the state 4-A first round.
Those extended high school seasons postponed the start of the American Legion seasons for the Dallastown, Shiloh and Stewartstown teams because those three teams are heavily populated by players from Dallastown, West York and Kennard-Dale high schools.
Dallastown, in fact, has yet to play a Legion game. It's first Legion game, set for Monday against Glen Rock, was rained out.
Since the final date of the Legion regular season is set for June 30, it was logistically impossible for Dallastown, Shiloh and Stewartstown to make up all of their games in the limited time left in the regular season.
As a result, any of the games that those teams couldn't play because of the extended high school seasons will not be made up.
Instead, according to Dallastown manager Phil Jeanmenne, the league has scheduled a special playoff date for Sunday July 2.
On that date, 14 of the 15 Legion teams will participate in special one-game playoffs for the right to earn a berth in the regular eight-team, double-elimination league tournament.
The league regular-season champion will earn a berth into the league playoff tournament without having to play in one of the special playoff games on July 2.
The match-ups for the July 2 games will be as follows:
No. 2 seed vs. No. 15 seed; No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 seed; No. 4 seed vs. No. 13 seed; No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed; No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 seed; No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed; and No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed.
The seedings will be based on points earned during the regular season, with two points for a win and one point for a tie.
That means that Dallastown, Shiloh and Stewartstown will all likely be seeded near the bottom of the field.
Dallastown, for instance, had seven games canceled and only has seven games on its remaining schedule, meaning it can only compile 14 points. Shiloh had three games canceled and currently sits at 2-3 with six games left, leaving it with a maximum of 16 points. Stewartstown had four games canceled and is 0-2 with eight games remaining, giving it a 16-point maximum.
Pleasureville currently leads the league at 7-0, followed by Northeastern at 7-1. Both of those teams already have 14 points.
The local league will send its regular-season champion and league playoff champion to the Region 4 Tournament.
Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com.