DGF Legion Baseball team ejected from state tournamentDilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - After finding themselves qualified for Minnesota's Division Two State Championship game, DGF's American Legion baseball team is coming home with no hardware and no chance at regionals. The team was disqualified after a number of on and off-field incidents.
Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - After finding themselves qualified for Minnesota's Division Two State Championship game, DGF's American Legion baseball team is coming home with no hardware and no chance at regionals. The team was disqualified after a number of on and off-field incidents.
The story of the Post 397 baseball team's state tourney run ends just as bizarrely as it started. The team automatically qualified for state after the New York Mills team forfeited the District 9 Championship Game - his because their coach had been ejected in the previous game and could not manage the title game.
Sources say it’s an opportunity squandered by immature and unacceptable behavior.
Al Davis – Minnesota American Legion: “I can't recall anything such as this that has ever happened before. I don't know if any team has ever been ejected from a state tournament.”
According to a letter from the hotel director at Prairie's Edge Casino Resort, given to WDAY by a team parent, the incidents started on Thursday when teammates soaked part of another players bed in water.
This resulted in a mattress needing to be cleaned, a $100 fine, and four players being suspended for Fridays game, but DGF still won 11-3, then followed that up with a 4-3 victory on Saturday.
According to KDMA Sports Director Lou Kuno, who was also the public address announcer for the tournament, their conduct on the field wasn't any better than it was off the field.
Lou Kuno – KDMA Sport Director: “They continued to be real vocal and not yelling encouragement for their hitter, just noise to disrupt the pitcher. Then the same thing happened again in game two of the tournament.”
After reviewing security camera footage, the letter also states the boys were being loud and in and out of their rooms late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Security was called and a couple not affiliated with the team complained, and was refunded their room rate because of the noise.
The team was fined another $100.
Al Davis: “I can understand youthful exuberance, but after one incident when you are told and warned that there will be repercussions, I would think they would be walking on egg shells the rest of the tournament.”
Multiple messages were left for Post 397 and DGF Baseball Coach Al Krueger, but all went unreturned. According to Davis, the coach was unfazed by his team’s actions.
Al Davis: “For the most part he dismissed everything, just dismissed it saying, oh well, we'll pay for it.
Now, his future as an American Legion baseball coach could be in question.
Al Kuno: “Three or four state guys there from State American Legion baseball, there was some talk the head coach may get a lifetime ban and the team may get a ban for years.”
Any decision on Coach Krueger's future wouldn't be made until State Officials meet in October.