After four days of play and 15 games, the American Legion Baseball Class A State Tournament crowned a champion.
Linn County defeated Clay Center 7-4 Saturday afternoon to win the state championship at Sportsfield Park in Leavenworth.
The championship wrapped up the tournament that took place from July 18-21. Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor for Sports Tabor Medill felt like the tournament went smooth.
“The tournament ran very smoothly,” Medill said. “We have hosted this type of tournament in the past and we utilized the things we learned from those past experiences. Rick Slater was very instrumental in the success of the tournament from a logistical point. The recreation staff had everything covered and they made the visiting teams feel very welcome and very comfortable.”
Medill also praised the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation department for the field preparation work. A member of the department was available at all times to prepare the field before games.
The eight teams in the tournament were split into two pools of four. The four teams played each other in the first three days before the top two teams in the pools moved on. Linn County and Clay Center both won their pools at 3-0. After both knocked off the two-second place pool teams, the two met in the championship with Linn County coming out victorious. The victory for Linn County gave the team their first state championship in Legion play.
Medill was also positive about the impact on the community from hosting the tournament.
“The tournament format brought three days worth of visitors with seven teams from out of town to our community,” Medill said. “They all stayed in the local hotels and ate at the local restaurants. Overall, it was a very successful venture.”