Juneau’s Midnight Suns Post 25 baseball team will begin play in the American Legion Alaska State Tournament at Anchorage’s Mulcahy Stadium against Service Post 28 at noon Friday.
“Service is a solid defensive team with a deep pitching staff,” Juneau manager Andy Macaulay said. “They also have a lot of veterans on this year’s team that have tournament experience.”
Service had an early exit in last year’s tournament. They were seeded sixth and lost their first two games in the double-elimination format.
Service turned their game around this season and is the second seed in the tournament.
Juneau is the seventh seed.
“Service is an aggressive, experienced team that can capitalize on their opponents mistakes so we need to play solid fundamental defense and make the routine plays,” Macaulay said. “Our boys are excited about the upcoming trip and looking forward to the opportunity to compete with the best teams from around the state.”
Friday’s action begins with Game One, featuring Number 3 seed Chugiak Post 33 (13-5 conference, 18-1 overall) vs. No. 6 Dimond Post 21 (12-6, 18-10) at 9 a.m.
Game Two is No. 7 Juneau Post 25 (11-7, 17-9) vs. No. 2 Service Post 28 (13-5, 20-6-1) at noon.
Game Three is No. 4 Eagle River (13-5, 18-8) at 3:15 p.m. and Game Four is No. 1 Wasilla Post 35 (15-3, 23-5) vs. No. 8 South Post 4 (10-8, 15-12-1) at 6:30 p.m.
Winners play on Sunday while losers drop to elimination game action beginning Saturday when two of four teams will be finished for the season.
The winner of the tournament advances to the Northwest Regional Tournament in Eugene, Ore., from Aug. 7 through 11.
The second- and third-place teams from the state tournament qualify for the NWCART Tournament from Aug. 8 through 12 in Anchorage. The NWCART is an eight-team tournament with teams from Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and three teams from Alaska. The tournament rotates each year from state to state and this year Alaska is the host.