The city of Leavenworth will host the American Legion State Baseball Tournament at Sportsfield next week.

The Class A tournament for Kansas will take place from July 18-21. It will feature eight teams in two pools of four. Each team will face the other three in the pool. 

The top two teams in the pools advance to a single elimination. 

Should there be a tie, tie-breakers will be used to determine the winner to advance. This will be the first year that Kansas follows this format for the tournament. 

It is the same structure used in the national tournament. 

The Leavenworth Geiger Ready-Mix Cardinals will be one of the eight teams in the tournament. The other teams include the Salina Hawks, Buhler Nationals, Marysville, and Linn County Panthers in Pool A. 

Leavenworth will be joined by the Hays Eagles, Clay Center, and Augusta Orioles in Pool B.

The young Cardinals experienced growing pains throughout the season as the majority of the team was 13- to 14-years old going up against teams with players 16 and up. Despite the struggles, head coach Bruce Simpson was happy with the growth of the team during the season.

“Throughout the season we got a lot better,” Simpson said. “Arms got stronger and endurance has gotten better. We have made less and less errors each game.” 

Simpson also mentioned how the team is anxious to play. 

The team will practice early next week to prepare for their first game on Wednesday against Clay Center at 8 p.m.

Throughout the season Simpson has been optimistic about the future of his players despite the losses suffered.

“We are looking forward to the games,” Simpson said. “But we are more looking forward to the future.” 

The tournament will start at 1 p.m. on July 18th with four games. 

The 19th and 20th will feature two sessions each day with two games each session. 

First, at 10 a.m. and the second session beginning at 6 p.m. 

Finally, there will be three games on the 21st starting at 10 a.m.