American Legion State Baseball Tournament pushed back a week due to storm threat
The Post 15 Millers will have to wait a week before beginning play in their third straight Louisiana American Legion Baseball Tournament that was slated to begin tomorrow at Delgado Community College.
The change of schedule was prompted by a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that is predicted to become a tropical storm or possibly a Category 1 hurricane before landfall in Acadiana on Saturday.
The storm is looking like it will be a major rain event over the weekend and could cause major flooding not only in the Acadiana area, but also in New Orleans,which prompted the postponement of the tournament.
“In the interest of safety, the 2019 American Legion State Tournament has been postponed until July 19-24,” said American Legion State Baseball Chairman Sidney Parfait. “I know this is an inconvenience, but we can’t have people traveling in this kind of weather. The bracket remains the same, but everything is just seven days later.”
New Orleans is expected to get anywhere from 18-24 inches of rain between tomorrow and Sunday and the rain is not expected to stop until the middle of next week.
“There are safety issues with flooding around the ballpark and in other areas getting to the park, not to mention the possibility of emergency personnel being deployed across the area,” said Parfait.
The Millers, champions of the 7th District are riding an eight-game win streak and are currently 14-2 on the season.
The locals will begin play in the state tournament with a 3:30 p.m. contest against Houma based Southland Hogs on Friday, July 19.
The Hogs enter the contest at 21-7 after placing second in the Southeast Louisiana Tournament where they went 1-1. They knocked off Vandebilt, 7-0, in their first game before dropping a 5-4 decision to defending state champion Gauthier Amedee on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Opelousas Indians, runnersup in the 7th District, will take on Gauthier Amedee in their opener next Friday at Noon.
The opening game of the tournament will pit the Second District East runnerup Otto Candies (Hahnville) against First District runnerup Bill Hood (Lakeshore) at 9 a.m.
The nightcap that day will pit Second District West runnerup ES&H (Destrehan) vs. First District Champion Retif Oil (Jesuit) at 7 p.m.
Rounding out the 10-team field is Second District West champion Townsend Homes (St. Charles Catholic) and Second District East Champion Pedal Valves (Independent).
Townsend Homes begins tournament play on Saturday at 9 a.m. against the winner of Friday’s Otto Candies/Bill Hood game.
Pedal Valves will take on the winner of Friday’s Opelousas/Gauthier Amedee contest 30 minutes after the first game Saturday morning.
The championship game is slated for Wednesday, July 24 with the If Necessary game to be played 30 minutes after.
The winner of the state tournament advances to Southeast Regional Tournament that will be held at the University of Tampa Florida beginning on Aug. 7.