Legion Baseball in Full Swing
If you thought that prep High School baseball players were done for the summer after the State Tournaments concluded near the end of July, you were sorely mistaken. After about three days off, Legion Baseball tryouts started and within ten days teams were already playing games.
The Legion season is a sharp contrast compared to the High School season because there are a lot more games jammed into a two month window. With that being said, it gives a lot of kids an opportunity to prove themselves for a possible role on the varsity team the following year. That leads me to the biggest debate I have discovered in the State of Idaho: do teams gear up for the Legion season or is it only good practice to prepare next years High School team instead?
If you have listened to the show in the past week, you know that in Montana, where I come from, Legion Baseball is the only option which puzzles me to think that teams here only truly care about the High School season and the roster for Legion is vastly different. From talking with most of the coaches here in the Treasure Valley, it is about a 50-50 split when it comes to the two different philosophies.
As an example, take a look at two of the premier baseball programs here in the Treasure Valley. The Boise Gems (Timberline) have had the best track record when it comes to Legion baseball success because they bring back college players that have been a part of their program. Although they still try and win High School State Championships, head coach Larry Price told me that the intrigue of being able to compete at the regional and national level in Legion is something his team shoots for. As for another great High School program in the Treasure Valley, Rocky Mountain does not have five seniors that started for their 5A State Championship team playing in the Legion season and thus are giving players that were on the JV team in the High School season an opportunity to play with the AA Legion team.
Stay tuned to 630 The Fan throughout the month of July as we cover Legion baseball all the way through the District Tournament to see what teams from the Treasure Valley have a chance to compete at the State Tournament.