By Bill Battle
Missourian Sports Editor
Organizers hope for better weather this year as the Second Annual Washington Post 218 Senior Legion Invitational is set for June 18-22.
Last year, rain washed out the championship game between Washington Post 218 and Jefferson City Post 5. It was never made up, although the teams played four times later in the season.
This year, the event features 16 teams and will be played at two fields, Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field and Borgia.
Pool A will consist of West, Manchester, Ballwin and Hillcrest. West is from the Ninth District while Manchester and Ballwin play in the 10th District. Hillcrest is a Springfield team which has qualified for the state tournament in recent years.
Pool B consists of St. Charles, Eureka, House Springs and Jackson. St. Charles is a Ninth District team while Eureka plays in the 10th District. House Springs is in the 13th District and Jackson plays in the 14th District.
Pool C consists of Jefferson City, Creve Coeur, Alton (Ill.) and Glendale. Jefferson City plays in the Eighth District while Creve Coeur is in the 10th District. Glendale is a Springfield team.
Pool D consists of Washington, Thoman Boothe, Farmington and Mayfield (Ky.). Thoman Boothe is a 10th District team.
The teams have been split into four-team pools and will play round robin games Wednesday through Friday to determine the playoffs.
All pool games will be seven innings or two hours, whichever comes first. A coin toss will be used to determine the home team in each game.
Teams finishing third and fourth will have one consolation game apiece against a team finishing in the same position from another pool.
Pool positions will be determined on the following criteria: most wins, head-to-head results, least runs allowed and coin flip.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the eight-team championship bracket. All quarterfinals will be played at Ronsick Field Saturday, June 21.
The semifinals will take place starting at noon Sunday with the championship game set for 6 p.m. Sunday evening.