Madill to host 2018 American Legion State Tournament

American Legion Baseball state chairman Dee Wilson talks to the Ada Braves after the Post 72 club won the 2017 American Legion Majors State Tournament in Bartlesville. The Braves, along with fellow Post 72 club the Ada A’s, will travel to Madill July 26-28 for this year’s American Legion State Tournament. The Braves will enter the event as two-time defending state champions.

The Ada Braves and the Ada A’s will compete in the 2018 American Legion Majors State Tournament July 26-28 in Madill.

Other teams in the field include the host, the Ardmore Cardinals, the Bartlesville Indians and the Three Rivers Bandits.

That’s what we know right now.

“Right now, they haven’t seeded it,” said American Legion Baseball state chairman Dee Wilson. “They (the Ardmore coaching staff) have to seed everyone but themselves. When I get those seedings turned in, I can start working on it.”

The tournament will start with two first-round games between the No. 2 seed and the No. 5 seed and the No. 3 seed versus the No. 4 seed. But Wilson said a rare five-team bracket gets tricky from there.

“With a five-team bracket, you really have to watch what you’re doing. The No. 1 seed will get a bye, but where are you going to put him? Are you going to put them against the winner of three and four or the winner of two and five? I’m going to get some advice from the national (office) about that and see what they can tell me,” Wilson said.

Ada American Legion general manager Darrell Monroe, who also coaches the Ada Braves, turned in a bid to host the state tournament at Byng’s Stokes Field. However, Madill was recently selected as the host team.

“They have a lot of support from the community down there (in Madill), so that helped,” Wilson said.

Stay tuned, Post 72 American Legion baseball fans. However it turns out, with Ada having two of the five teams, it should be loads of playoff fun.

The Ada Braves will enter the event as two-time defending state champions.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.