The New York State American Legion Baseball Senior Division Championship Tournament is set to take place from July 25-27 at Mirabito Stadium, the home of the New York Mets Double A (AA) team the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Binghamton, New York. In addition to a new location the Tournament also has a new format.
Six teams will compete this season with each team playing two pool play games before the top 4 teams qualify for the single elimination playoffs.
Last season Greece Post 468 defeated Whitestown Post 1113 to cap an undefeated run in the tournament to become the 2022 champions. This was the first state championship for district 7 in 55 years and Greece Post 468 returns this season looking to make it two in a row.
Meet the teams:
The Clinton County Mariners sponsored by Post 1619 return to the tournament for the 10th consecutive time. The Mariners, led by Coach Gary Duquette are the lone team in the 4th district but have crisscrossed the state this summer competing in tournaments competing against other American Legion teams. The Mariners recently won the prestigious Coopers Cave tournament in Saratoga NY and enter the tournament with an 18-7 record this season.
Adrean Post 625 from Utica will represent the 5th district this season as the champion. They finished the regular season with an 8-8 record and were the 6th seed for the District 5 tournament. After knocking off Moran Post 66 in their first round game they upset #1 seed Smith Post 24 9-8, #3 seed Utica Post 229 6-5 and after falling to #2 Whitestown Post 1113 Adrean came back and defeated them 9-6 in a winner take all game to claim the championship. Adrean Post 625 is managed by Jody Lynch and has an overall record of 12-11.
The Windsor Knights will represent the 6th district this season as the champion. Windsor is a first-year American Legion team but many of the players were members of the Harpursville team that won the District title last season. The Knights entered the tournament with the # 4 seed and went 3-0 in the district tournament defeating Oneonta Post 258 and Johnson City Post 1305 twice to earn the spot in the state championship. Windsor has an overall record of 10-2 and is managed by Kevin Kennedy.
Greece Post 468 returns to the tournament this season as the defending champion. The team had an impressive 16-0-1 record during the regular season before falling in game one of the best of 3 finals vs #2 seed Ely Fagan. Post 468 then rallied to win the next two in impressive fashion to claim their second consecutive district championship. Greece is managed by Nelson Madrid and has an overall record of 18-1-1.
Brounshidle Post 205 from Kenmore are the champions and representative from the 8th district. Bounshidle was the 2022 champion and were the #1 seed entering the district playoffs. They knocked off the Nickel City Nine two games to zero to claim their second consecutive championship. Brounshidle has an overall record of 14-1 and are managed by John Haynes.
The Orange County Outlaws sponsored by Post 1167 from Chester are the 9th district champions. The Outlaws had a strong regular season finishing 7-1 and were the #1 seed for their tournament. After falling to Rockland 4-1 they came back and defeated Kingston/Saugerties 2-1 then in a winner take all game they upset the 7-time defending champ Rockland Pirates 4-0 to claim their first American Legion district title. Orange County is managed by Joe Laura and has an overall record of 9-2.
The game schedule for the Tournament is:
Tuesday July 25
Game 1: 12:30PM: D8 Champion @ D7 Champion
Game 2: 4:00 PM D5 Champion @ D4 Champion
Game 3: 7:00PM: D9 Champion @ D6 Champion
Wednesday July 26
Game 4: 12:30PM: D4 Champion @ D8 Champion
Game 5: 4:00PM: D7 Champion @ D9 Champion
Game 6: 7:00PM: D6 Champion @ D5 Champion
Thursday July 27
Game 7: 10AM: Semifinal #1: #4 Seed @ #1 Seed
Game 8: 1PM: Semifinal #2: #3 Seed @ #2 Seed
Game 9: 4PM: Championship Game: Winner Semi #1 vs Winner Semi #2
The winner of the tournament will represent New York in the Northeast Regional tournament in Shrewsbury MA August 2nd – 6th with the winner of that tournament advancing to the American Legion World Series.
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