Mid-Pen American Legion baseball playoffs open Tuesday

CHANNING – Due to thunderstorms in the forecast for today, all games have been pushed back a day in the six-team Mid-Peninsula League American Legion baseball playoffs to be contested this week in the northern Dickinson County community of Channing.

The Marquette Blues, regular season champions with a perfect 12-0 record in league games, and No. 2 Kingsford drew first-round byes and now advance to Wednesday’s second round.

The other four teams open on Tuesday. No. 3 Gladstone faces No. 6 Channing at 5 p.m. EDT, while No. 4 Copper Country squares off against No. 5 Ishpeming, which was 3-3 in league games, at 7 p.m. EDT.

On Wednesday, the Blues play the lowest remaining seed at 5 p.m. EDT while Kingsford plays the higher seed at 7 p.m. EDT.

The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Blues’ officials have indicated that the Legion Zone (Upper Peninsula) playoffs will start on Wednesday, July 22, in Menominee, which will determine who advances to the state Class A tournament to begin Wednesday, July 29, in Escanaba.

The state Class AA tourney, which is for Legion teams that draw from a larger population area, will be played in Sault Ste. Marie at around the same time as the Class A tournament.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.