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Juneau returns to American Legion Baseball play

Posted: February 15, 2013 - 12:10am

Juneau will have its first American Legion team since 2001 this summer. Thanks to the efforts of Midnight Suns Baseball and Andy Macaulay the Juneau Post 25 team will be on the fields and turfs and in the rain and sunshine around the state and beyond.

The team will be funded by Midnight Suns Baseball and sponsored in name only by Auke Bay Post 25. Tentatively called Juneau Post 25, they will be joining the Alaska Legion Baseball League, which currently has 11 teams.

Juneau Post 25 is looking at 30-plus games this year with 15 home games over five weekends in June and July and includes the State Legion Tournament at the end of the season in Anchorage.

Coaches are Post Manager Andy Macaulay, and coaches Erik McCormick, Shawn Ibesate, and Frank Barthel.

More information will run at a later date when specifics are finalized.

The first tryouts are this Sunday (Feb. 17) at 9 a.m.-noon in the Dimond Park Field House for ages 15-19. Player tryouts will also be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-noon at DPFH.

American Legion Baseball in Juneau goes back over 55 years including the hosting of the 1st All-Alaska Legion State Championship Series in 1958 between Auke Bay Post 25 & Fairbanks.

The Legion season will not start until June, after the JDHS and TMHS baseball season. Legion baseball is a major skill polishing and showcasing event for players longing to play baseball past high school and into higher leagues, as well as exciting action for fans.

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