BLUE EARTH - The Blue Earth American Legion Post 89 baseball team was scratched from the Minnesota Division II, 2nd District Tournament on Monday.
According to Minnesota American Legion Baseball District 2 Director Richard Mueller, Blue Earth - which had only nine players in uniform - used "an illegal player" during Post 89's 8-6 victory over St. James Post 33 during an elimination-bracket game on Sunday in Truman.
The ineligible player did, however, meet the age requirements for participating in legion baseball, but unfortunately for Blue Earth, was not listed on the team's official postseason roster.
"The game played (Sunday) between Blue Earth and St. James results in a forfeit and a 7-0 final score in St. James' favor," Mueller said in reference to the legion baseball national rule that gives a team receiving a forfeit one run per regulation inning. "It (the situation) is very unfortunate for Blue Earth's other eight players.
"I talked to Blue Earth's coach (Steve Sonnicksen) before I made my decision (Monday), and then I notified Springfield (Post 257) because they now have a new opponent Friday."
Springfield will play St. James at 1 p.m. Friday in Truman in an elimination game, with the winner advancing to face Windom Post 206 in another elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Truman.
The winner of the 3:30 p.m. game earns the right to battle tournament unbeaten Luverne Post 123 at 1 p.m. Saturday in Truman for the right to advance to the Division II state tournament.
Sonnicksen was contacted by the Sentinel about the story and had no official comment.