Retif Oil Hopes to Sparkle Like the Diamond at the American Legion State Championship Tournament
Heavy rains have forced the American Legion to move all four games scheduled to be played on opening day, Saturday, July 19 from Kirsch-Rooney Stadium to Jesuit’s John Ryan Stadium. Legion and Kirsch-Rooney officials will assess field conditions on Saturday with an eye towards going back to Kirsch-Rooney as soon as possible.
Retif Oil may have sneaked in the American Legion’s State Championship Tournament by way via the back door, but that’s baseball.
The Legion’s big 8-team double-elimination tourney is set to go on Saturday, July 19 at Jesuit’s John Ryan Stadium. (Note the change in venue from Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, where field conditions from heavy rain on Friday triggered the tournament’s relocation to the artificial turf field of the Ryan, at least for Saturday.) If thunderstorms mess with the tournament’s schedule, like past history has dictated, fans and players will just have to hurry up and wait. The championship game is tentatively scheduled Wednesday afternoon, July 23.
Even though Retif is the “host” team − who said the Oil has to be nice? Retif’s players are hoping to spoil the party. Just which team remains to be seen, but Coach Joey Latino’s players would be thrilled to snatch a victory from Otto Candies (Hahnville), a heavy favorite for this year’s tournament.
Retif and Otto get down to business on Saturday evening as the Legion scheduled the two teams to play in the fourth and final game on opening day. Depending on when the first three games start and end will determine the first pitch for Retif’s game against Otto Candies. Starting time will be 35 minutes after the conclusion of the game between Brother Martin-based Peake BMW and the Gulf Coast Bank 49ers (N. Vermilion High School).
Refuel (Archbishop Shaw) and Deanie’s Seafood (Archbishop Rummel) will be joined by the following participants: Crowley Millers (made up of players from Crowley, Notre Dame, and Church Point High Schools), St. Landry Bank Indians (Opelousas Catholic High School); and the Gulf Coast Bank 29ers (N. Vermilion High School).
View the Brackets & Schedule for the 2014 American Legion Championship Tourney.
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2014 American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament
Schedule — All Games on Saturday at John Ryan Stadium
Saturday, July 19
Game #1 (9 a.m.) Crowley Millers vs. Refuel (Shaw)
Game #2 (35 minutes later) St. Landry Bank Indians vs. Deanie’s Seafood (Rummel)
Game #3 (3:30 p.m.) Gulf Coast Bank 29er’s vs. Peak BMW (Brother Martin)
Game #4 (35 minutes later) Otto Candies (Hahnville) vs. Retif Oil (Jesuit)
Sunday, July 20
Game #5 (9 a.m.) Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #3
Game #6 (35 minutes later) Loser Game #2 vs. Loser Game #4
Game #7 (3:30 p.m.) Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #3
Game #8 (35 minutes later) Winner Game #2 vs. Winner Game #4
Monday, July 21
Game # 9 (1 p.m.) Winner Game #6 vs. Loser Game #7
Game #10 (35 minutes later) Winner Game #5 vs. Loser Game #8
Game #11 (7:30 p.m.) Winner Game #7 vs. Winner Game #8
Tuesday, July 22
Game #12 (4 p.m.) Winner Game #9 vs. Loser Game #11
– See note #1 below
Game #13 (35 minutes later) Winner Game #10 vs. Winner Game #11
– See note #1 below
Wednesday, July 23
Game #14 (4 p.m.) Winner Game #12 vs. Winner Game #13
Game #15 (7 p.m.) Game #11 loses Game #13 or Winner Game #13 wins Game #14
Note #1 – Pairings for Games #12 & #13 will not match previous opponents against each other unless absolutely necessary.
Note #2 – If three teams remain after Game #13, the winnr of Game #11 automatically draws the Bye in Game #14.