SIKESTON -- The Sikeston American Legion Post 114 season has come to an end just before the district tournament rolls around.
"We've got a new rule this year and they set it up for this, you've got to have 12 suited players," said Cape Post 63 head coach Dave Myer following the Scott County game. "If you play a game and forfeit, you can have your charter pulled. It's a new Legion rule and that's what they're trying to avoid, is somebody coming in and playing one game, and then well this other team has already used their pitchers and all their players, I mean it's one game."
"They did the smart thing," Myer added of Post 114 pulling out early. "He (Sikeston head coach Todd Baker) didn't think that he could get 12 players there. He called me and said he had 11 maybe, and he had one or two hurt that might dress or might not. And you can pull up junior players, but the junior players didn't want to come up."
Myer went on to say that a new rule added this season was to allow Junior Legion players an opportunity to play up at the Senior level, but once they play up they must remain with the higher club.
"So, they've done the smart thing because you can get your charter pulled," he said. "They probably wouldn't, but this would be a repeat offense. It would be the third time. There's a chance that they could (have it pulled)."
Baker declined to comment on the tournament withdrawal.
The Zone Tournament, which was to be held at Sikeston, has been moved to Jackson and will begin July 24 and will wrap up July 28.