Traxler: the best leagues assert themselves every year at the SD amateur tournament
As Mitchell prepares for 37 games in the span of 12 days at Cadwell Park and near Drake Field, here’s a look at some of the facts ahead of the 89th Gathering for the City of London’s Summer Baseball Carnival. ‘State :
Class B state title winners have been concentrated in three leagues over the past 15 years, with the champions coming exclusively from the Cornbelt, South Central and Sunshine leagues. The last champion out of those three leagues was Redfield Dairy Queen in 2006.
The four most powerful leagues in amateur baseball – Cornbelt, South Central, State Line and Sunshine – have been the only leagues to have semi-final teams for the past six years. The last semi-finalist outside of those four leagues was Clark in 2014.
More recently, the State Line League – along with Garretson, Larchwood (Iowa) and the late Harrisburg Woodies – has emerged as a major player at the end of the tournament. Along with the Sunshine and the Cornbelt, the three leagues have provided 31 of 40 teams to win two games and reach the quarter-finals over the past five seasons. This is led by the Cornbelt with 12, the Sunshine with 11 and the State Line League with eight. The South Central League has had four quarter-finalists since 2016.
For the Sunshine League, dominance was aided by a historic run for Alexandria. The Angels have won five of the last eight Class B State Championships. Add two titles for the Parkston Mudcats in 2012 and 2015, as well as the Dimock / Emery Championship in 2010, and eight of the last 11 Class B championships are stayed between three Sunshine League teams.
In the history of Class B enthusiasts, the Dell Rapids Pabst Blue Ribbon dynastic race of the 1990s has stood alone. But Alexandria has a chance to match that excellence. PBR has won six championships in the space of eight years, and Alexandria can do just that with a championship in 2021, if they can climb the tough mountain again. This would make Alexandria the first Class B team to win three Class B titles in a row since PBR did so from 1996 to 1998.
As the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Tournament marks its 89th year in 2021, Cadwell Park will host the state’s amateur baseball tournament for the 33rd time since it first hosted in 1975.
Since switching to two divisions in 1991, only 12 clubs have won a Class B championship at Mitchell: Alexandria, Canova, Crofton (Neb.), Dell Rapids Mudcats, Dell Rapids PBR, Madison, Macy’s Renner, Montrose, Parkston Mudcats, Redfield, Wynot (Neb.), Vermilion
From 2015 to 2017, the Class B state champion came from the bottom half of the 32-team group in each tournament. More recently, in each of the past three seasons (Canova in 2018, and Alexandria in 2019 and 2020), the champion has come from the top half of the medium, where games are traditionally more spaced out with up to three days off. before the quarter-finals, one day off before the semi-finals and the first of the two semi-finals on the penultimate day of the tournament.
2021 marks the 10th state tournament since the switch to wooden bats in amateur baseball in South Dakota, and the 2020 tournament marked the highest-rated Class B tournament since that change, with an average of 5.84 points per team over 31 games.
The last four Class B state title winners have scored at least 40 points (or eight points per game) in the state tournament, including Canova in 2018, which set the record for the era of the bat. wood with 58 points in five games. A year ago, Alexandria scored 56 points in five games. From 2013 to 2016, the Class B champion averaged 33 races for the tournament.
In Class A, four of the last six league games have been decided by two sets or less. The Sioux Falls Brewers avoided this tight game trend with a convincing 7-2 win over Brookings in 2020. (The Brewers became the Harrisburg Hops for the 2021 season and will once again be a top contender for the class. A, alongside Brookings, the Flying Squirrels of Sioux Falls and the Yankton Tappers.)