Summertime in baseball means one thing, American Legion Baseball. And also more changes to the format for the state’s AA and A programs. Instead of eight AA teams, the number has dropped to six, as Wheatland and Rock Springs have moved down to Class A ball. That leaves Cheyenne Post 6, the Cheyenne Hawks–the JV of Post 6–Casper, Gillette, Sheridan and Jackson, to battle for the AA bid. This is just the latest change in a long line of changes to the summer sport in the Cowboy state. Post 6 manager Tagg Lain feels that maybe some outside forces need to step in and figure out what to do to bring some consistency to the sport.
The AA regional, where the state champion from Wyoming heads, is sanctioned by the national board of American Legion Baseball, while the Class A regional is not sanctioned nationally. That has Lain wondering why teams wouldn’t want to compete at the highest level.
Class A ball in Wyoming will have 15 teams next season.