CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 baseball team will forgo the Wyoming Class AA state tournament in favor of playing in the Connie Mack World Series.
The Sixers earned a berth in the tournament by beating EnFuego Baseball of Seattle in the championship of the Continental Amateur Baseball Association wood-bat tournament Sunday evening at Powers Field.
The CABA tournament is a qualifying event for the Connie Mack World Series.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids, and for our program,” Cheyenne manager Ty Lain said. “It’s a chance to put Wyoming on the map as one of the final 12 teams out of 10,000.
“With the scouts and college coaches who are going to be at this tournament, it’s going to change the profile of every one of our players from guys people know about regionally to players who will be known across the country.”
Lain called the Connie Mack World Series the best amateur baseball tournament in the country from a talent perspective.
Post 6 (46-18) would have been a heavy favorite to win the Wyoming title, which would have been its 17th in 19 seasons. From there, it would have played in the Northwest Regional tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. Winning the Northwest Regional would have earned Cheyenne a spot in the American Legion World Series.
Lain said he thinks this year’s club has shown it is capable of advancing to the Legion World Series, but also knows a lot could happen between now and then. That is why the Sixers voted to go with the sure thing.
“We may have a team that can qualify for the Legion World Series,” Lain said. “But we do have a team that qualified for the Connie Mack World Series. It’s hard to tell a group of kids who have already earned a spot in a World Series that they can’t go to it.”
Post 6 is the first Wyoming team to qualify for the Connie Mack World Series in its 54-year history. There also haven’t been any teams from Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota or Utah.
“We’re doing something that’s unprecedented for our state and our region,” Lain said. “We have the opportunity to represent our state, our region and Legion baseball at that tournament.
“We want to show people a team of kids from Cheyenne can play with anyone in the country.”
Lain reached out to Wyoming Legion baseball commissioner Cody Beers on Sunday night to let Beers know there was a chance Cheyenne could skip state. He called the coaches of Wyoming’s seven other Class AA teams after the decision had been made Monday afternoon.
“(Beers) and the rest of the coaches are disappointed we’re not going to be there, and I understand that,” Lain said. “But the coaches all said they would have made the same choice. They understand the magnitude of our accomplishment and the opportunity we have, and they want to see us do well.”
Attempts to reach Beers were unsuccessful.
The Connie Mack World Series and Wyoming Class AA state tournament both start July 26.