The Flandreau Post 70 baseball team, or at least four of them, traveled down to Pratt, Kansas to play in the Mid-State AA Legion Baseball Regional this past weekend. Before this year, no South Dakota team had won a game at this Regional, but Flandreau bucked that trend by winning the whole entire tournament – but were then disqualified for using “ineligible players” according to Kansas Legion baseball Chairman Lee Miller.
Two months before the Region tournament, Miller had contacted the South Dakota Legion Chairman Dan Sudbeck and asked whether he would be sending a team to the tournament this year. After Sudbeck told him they would not be sending anyone because they wouldn’t be able to field a whole team, the two sides went their separate ways.
A few days before the South Dakota State B Legion Tournament started, Sudbeck was contacted again from a representative from the Regional asking if they could bring a team down. Sudbeck informed them again that they would not be able to unless they were able to combined rosters of a few teams. At that point, from Sudbeck’s perspective, they gave them the okay to do so.
So four Flandreau players and eight or nine players from a combination of Tabor, Vermillion, Garretson and Milbank traveled down to Kansas, only to be informed the day of the Championship that they were disqualified and would not be receiving the title.
La Crescent, Minnesota was given the title, the same team that filed the initial complaint about Flandreau’s “All-star” team roster.
Despite the disqualification, the players earned each one of their victories in what they were told originally was an okay form of participation.