2020 Legion Season Has Been Cancelled Due to COVID19
May 12, 2020 — The upcoming Massachusetts American Legion season has been canceled due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, according to a release from the American Legion Department of Massachusetts.
The release put out by state department chairman Dick Paster outlines 14 points of instruction for all Legion sponsored teams.
One point made in the release is that any team that continues play in the 2020 season sponsored by the group the team is named “must understand that its team is not playing as an American Legion National Organization nor Department of Massachusetts ‘registered’ baseball team."
Paster also said that teams that decide to move forward and conduct a season this summer will need to “determine their rules, guidelines, schedules, insurance coverage, etc., for their own teams as neither The American Legion National nor Department of Massachusetts Organizations will provide this assistance.”
“This is a sad day in deed for American Legion Baseball in Massachusetts and marks only the second time since 1926 that there will be no Program, let’s hope life returns to normal in time for the 2021 season," Paster said in the statement.
Here is the full release:
"It is with deep regret that I inform you that the National Organization has decided to cancel the 2020 Season effective immediately due to the continuing events resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Legion National Organization is implementing the following directives relating to The American Legion National Organization national baseball program for the 2020 season which the Department of Massachusetts hereby incorporates in its instructions for all Post and Outside Sponsored teams in Massachusetts:
1. Any and all previous 2020 American Legion National Organization memos regarding the national baseball program for the 2020 season are retracted and replaced by the following.
2. The American Legion National Organization has canceled all 2020 season’s Regional Tournaments and The American Legion World Series and the Department of Massachusetts hereby cancels all Department Tournaments.
3. Concurrently, The American Legion National Organization has shut down all sponsorship and all involvement in baseball for the 2020 season and The Department of Massachusetts hereby shuts down its sponsorship and all involvement in baseball for the 2020 season.
4. This shutdown of all sponsorship and all involvement in baseball for the 2020 season means that those baseball teams that wish to continue playing 2020 season baseball shall be participating in a sporting event not sponsored, nor endorsed in any manner by The American Legion National Organization and/or The Department of Massachusetts, but sponsored and endorsed solely by the group the team is named.
5. Any baseball team that continues play in the 2020 season sponsored by the group the team is named must understand that its team is not playing as an American Legion National Organization nor Department of Massachusetts “registered” baseball team nor is it playing in an American Legion National or Department of Massachusetts Organization baseball program.
6. The complete cancellation of the 2020 American Legion National and Department of Massachusetts Organization baseball season means there is no American Legion National or Department of Massachusetts Organization baseball program “national or department rules,” nor are there “national or department guidelines,” as there is no 2020 American Legion national or Department of Massachusetts involvement.
7. In other words, if an American Legion Post or other type of sponsored team has a 2020 season baseball program, then that Post or other team is having a team which is not authorized, nor endorsed by The American Legion National nor Department of Massachusetts Organization."
8. Those teams that conduct this 2020 baseball season program will need to determine their rules, guidelines, schedules, insurance coverage, etc., for their own teams as neither The American Legion National nor Department of Massachusetts Organizations will provide this assistance.
9. The American Legion National Organization has already stopped collecting, and subsequently returned to all teams any and all national baseball team fees to the respective teams and the Department of Massachusetts will similarly return all Department registration fees as soon as practicable.
10. With the shutdown of the online National American Legion Baseball registration portal, The American Legion National Organization has stopped referring baseball teams to the K&K Insurance portal for the 2020 baseball season.
11. The Posts and/or other teams that decide to have their own programs will need to determine what insurance their teams need in order to play baseball in 2020; neither The American Legion National Organization nor the Department of Massachusetts will provide this assistance.
12. All baseball teams that paid to The American Legion National Organization administrative fees shall have these fees reimbursed to the teams directly by the National Organization, the Department of Massachusetts will have no involvement in such reimbursement.
13. All other situation(s) that may arise during the 2020 baseball season in which a Post or other type of sponsored team that elects to have a 2020 baseball season is a situation for that particular team as that particular team is solely responsible for its decision as to any situation(s) as neither The American Legion National Organization nor the Department of Massachusetts, its Athletic Committee, their staffs and/or volunteers are not authorized to address or help with any such teams situation(s).
14. K&K Insurance will be advised that the Department of Massachusetts has elected to cancel the 2020 season, that no teams have formed and that all premiums that have been collected thus far are to be forthwith refunded. The Department of Massachusetts will have no involvement in any such refunds.
This is a sad day indeed for American Legion Baseball in Massachusetts and marks only the second time since 1926 that there will be no program, let’s hope life returns to normal in time for the 2021 season.
Thanks to Gage Nutter at email@example.com for this report.
Former Post 206 All-Star Gleason Awarded Collegiate Honors
APRIL 18, 2020 — Former Post 206 District 10 all-star Jake Gleason, an outfielder at Springfield College, was awarded top honors this week from his collegiate conference.
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) recognized student-athletes from each institution in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of their overall performance or statistics for the season. Gleason was the recipient from Springfield this week. Click here for more info.
Changes to 2020 Legion Season Due to COVID19 Epidemic
APRIL 11, 2020 — Due to restrictions brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americanism Commission, through National Commander James William Oxford, announced the cancellation of all American Legion national tournaments for the 2020 season on Tuesday, which will include all eight regional tournaments and the American Legion World Series.
American Legion Baseball scholarships have also been suspended for the 2020 campaign.
The cancellation of the national tournaments will provide all states the option to push back and play a regular season and a possible state tournament at a later date without the need to meet a national deadline.
Legion Season Still on Track for 2020 Summer
MARCH 26, 2020 — As of today, Wednesday, March 26, the 2020 regular American Legion baseball season is still a "go." More updates will be made here as the Nation and our government(s) keep us all briefed on what it is we can and cannot do as a collective community. Please feel free to email General Manager Dave Murphy with any questions. Post 206 is always available via phone or email.
Morris to Join Post 206 Coaching Ranks for 2020 Season
OCTOBER 15, 2019 —Former two-time District 10 American Legion Most Valuable Player and former UMass Minutemen captain Dylan Morris is returning to his roots next summer.
Morris, a Barnstable High grad who helped lead Post 206 to back-to-back Massachusetts state championships in centerfield, will take the reigns as head coach while General Manager Dave Murphy will remain as team manager and general manager of Post 206 operations.
Former Post 206 Catcher Pasic Wins Cape League Title with Kettleers
AUGUST 9, 2019 —Former Barnstable Post 206 catcher Cody Pasic earned a rare spot in Cape Cod history Friday night at Lowell Park by helping the vaunted Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League win the franchise's 17th Cape League championship title. Pasic batted .206 this season for his hometown Kettleers in 28 games behind the plate. He is a senior at the University of Maine. Pasic batted .375 in 2013 for Post 206 as he helped the Cape's oldest Legion baseball program win its second Massachusetts State championship in as many years. He went on to bat .338 for Post 206 in 2014 and was a District 10 American Legion all-star where he was noticed by the University of Maine in the District 10 All-Star game in 2013.
Post 206 Finishes Season With 7-3 Fault to Brockton Post 35
JULY20, 2019 —Deadlocked n a 2-2 tie to the very end, Barnstable Post 206 fell short in its playoff bid to a fiesty Brockton Post 35 club, one of Post 206's longstanding rivals. Post 206 finished a rain-shortened campaign with a respectable 11-6 record.
Barnstable Post 206 Takes on Brockton Post 35 in District 10 Playoffs
JULY 18, 2019 — After back-to-back wins this week over Whitman Post 22 and Hingham Post 130, the stalwart Barnstable Post 206 squad captured a playoff spot set for Friday, July 19 at Lowell Park at 5:00 pm versus Brockton Post 35.
Sean Roycroft took home the win early in the week, posting a complete game effort witht 107 pitches while adding a double in the gap. His effort led 206 to an 11-6 romp over host Whitman Post 22 on the road.
On Tuesday night, Mike Van Ness delivered a stellar game on the mound at Lowell Park, pacing Post 206 to a 17-3 blowout of visiting Hingham Post 120. Barnstable collected 18 hits in total, led by Andrew Williams (2-3, double, 4 RBI) and Ben Baxter (3-4, 3 RBI).
Post 206 Splits Doubleheader, Still in Postseason Running
JULY 14, 2019 — Barnstable Post 206 defeated Rockland Post 147 Sunday afternoon, 13-3, thanks in large part to the stellar pitching of Seref McDowell and Ryan Cote. In the nightcap, Barnstable went 10 innings but fell to Whitman Post 22, 12-10, after a lengthy deadlock at 10-10. Post 206 now stands at 9-5 on the season.
Southpaw August Shines Again on Hill, Post 206 Downs Pembroke
JULY 13, 2019 — Barnstable Post 206's Colby August turned in another stellar performance Saturday night at Lowell Park in Cotuit, defeating Pembroke Post 143, 6-1. August is now 3-0 on the season. He allowed no earned runs and struck out six in five innings of work. Mike Van Ness came on in relief and tossed a pair of solid innings. Duncan Ramler led the way for the Post 206 offense by going 3-3 while Casey Brown went 2-3. Barnstable is now 8-4 on the season.
Post 206 Stages Back-to-Back Wins, Williams' Bomb Beats Hanover
JULY 12, 2019 — Barnstable Post 206 notched back-toback victories this week, with a 3-2 win over Hanover Post 149 and a 9-6 win on Wednesday over Hingham Post 120, both on the road. Fifth-year catcher and team co-captain Andrew Williams delivered his second home run of the season versus Hanover Post 149, a solo shot in the 6th inning that broke a 3-2 tie and gave Barnstable what it needed to win. Seref McDowell got his his first victory in relief thanks to Williams' home run while also delivering a double and base hit. Barnstable pitchers Seamus Walsh, Ryan Cote and Casey Brown also shared mound duties in the win over Hanover Post 149. Colby August went 2-3 with an RBI to add to the offense.
Walsh got his first American Legion victory on the mound against Hingham Post 120 on Wednesday night, as the reliever went two innings. Ben Baxter continued his torrid streak at the plate (going 7-7 into the affair) with a 3-5 output and 3 RBI. McDowell added another two hits and RBI while Duncan Ramler added two hits with two RBI and Mike Meagher added two hits. August started on the hill while Walsh, Mike Van Neste and McDowell also turned in solid relief performances with McDowell finishing.
Barnstable Continues Hot Streak With Big Win Over Rockland
JUNE 29, 2019 — Barnstable Post 206's hot streak at the plate continued Saturday afternoon at Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium, as five batsmen collected two or more hits apiece in a 12-1 hammering of the hosts. Andrew Williams (2-4, 2 RBI), Sean Roycroft (2-4, RBI), Ben Baxter (2-4, RBI), Mike Meagher (2-4) and Duncan Ramler (two hits, 2 RBI) each contributed to the cause. Baxter got the win on the mound going six innings with one strikeout, walked three and scattered four hits. He allowed one unearned run. Post 206 is now 5-2.
Post 206 Bats Come Alive in Rout of Hanover Post 149
JUNE 27, 2019 — Southpaw Colby August turned in another top performance for the Post 206 nine last night at Lowell Park in Cotuit, allowing no earned runs in a 9-1 rout. His teammates, including catcher Andrew Williams, rightfielder Lukas Grover, Seref McDowell all stood out at the plate. August also chipped in with the bat, helping his own cause and scoring a pair of runs. Williams' two-run, two-strike double in the bottom the first proved to be the gamewinner for the home squad.
August Blanks Bridgewater Post 203 with Three-Hit Shutout
JUNE 23, 2019 — The Barnstable Post 206 senior squad (3-0) took its third straight victory to open the season, thanks in large part to the superlative pitching of third year Legion man Colby August. The southpaw went the distance Sunday afternoon against Bridgewater Post 203 and turned in a three-hit shutout. He struck out 11 and walked none. August was backed up on the offensive side of the slate with two hits apiece from Seref McDowell, Sean Roycroft (double) and Ben Baxter who each went 2-3 on the day.
Post 206 Juniors Notch Third Win of Season Over Orleans Post 308
JUNE 20, 2019 — The Barnstable Post 206 Juniors picked up a nice win over Orleans Post 308 tonight, thanks to the combined pitching of Parker O'Connell and Ben Tarbox along with some key hitting and defense. Aidan Clark had a key RBI-basehit while teammates Will Jones and Carson Nickulas turned in a gem of a double play in the field.
Meagher Slams Door Shut on Orleans Post 308 in Comeback Win
JUNE 19, 2019 — Barnstable Post 206's Casey Brown notched his first win of the campaign while teammate Mike Meagher came on in relief for the save in a tremendous comeback victory for the local nine. Trailing 5-2 in the 6th at Eldredge Park, Post 206 plated 6 runs and took home an 8-5 win. Meagher came on in the 7th and struck out the side as the young but gutsy squad went to 2-0 on the season.
Buckler Leads Barnstable Post 206 Senior Squad to Opening Win
JUNE 18, 2019 — Not in over a decade had a high school freshman led the Post 206 perennial champs to a season-opening victory on the mound, but last night Ryan Buckler did just that and gave head coach Dave Murphy his first career victory. Buckler turned in a complete game, 3-2 victory over rival Kingston Post 387 on the road, while also going 2-3 at the plate with an RBI. Ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th, Buckler faced a bases loaded jam but he remained stoic and slammed the door shut on the hosts. He struck out 8 batters for his first ever American Legion win. Post 206 had a delayed start to the season due to a mix of rain outs and MIAA postseason tournament conflicts.
Post 206 Juniors Avenge Season-Opening Loss on the Road
JUNE 8, 2019 — The Post 206 Juniors squad (1-1) picked up their first win of the season Saturday (June 8) on the road, defeating Brockton Post 35, 12-1. The team's second game of the season earlier this week was postponed due to an MIAA conflict with the high school postseason and will be rescheduled. The Post 206 seniors open the season Sunday, June 9 on the road against Hanover Post 149.
Post 206 Squads Set to Open 20`19 Campaign on the Road
JUNE 3, 2019 — Under new head coaches, the 96-year-old perennial champion Barnstable Post 206 baseball program will lead off the 2019 season on the road, with its Junior squad heading to Orleans Post 308 at Eldredge Park on Tuesday, June 4 at 5:45 pm under Joe Scott. The senior squad, under the apt helmsmanship of Hyannis' Dave Murphy, will hit the road Sunday, June 9 at Hanover High School at 5:00 pm to face Hanover Post 149. Murphy, a former assistant coach for Post 206, takes the reigns for his first season as head coach and program general manager.
Post 206 Final 2019 Tryouts Set for Tomorrow, Sunday, May 5
MAY 5, 2019 — Barnstable Post 206 American Legion baseball will have its final tryouts for the 2019 season tomorrow, Sunday, May, 5, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Cape Cod Baseball Club in Buzzards Bay. No cleats. Registration begins at 2:30 and tryouts begin at 3:00 pm.Cape Cod Baseball Club is an indoor training facility located at 8 Otis Park Drive, Buzzards Bay.
Post 206 Season Ends in Playoff Losses to Wareham, Rockland
JULY 21, 2018 — Barnstable Post 206 ended its 2018 campaign Saturday afternoon at Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium with a tough, 6-5 loss to host Rockland Post 147 (12-9). Post 206's senior squad finished at an even 11-11 on the summer, while its junior squad failed to make the playoffs for the first time in its three-year existence. Barnstable held a four-run lead heading into the bottom the sixth before Rockland Post 147 rallied to make a comeback and eliminate the Cape guests. Post 206 ran into a tough pitcher Friday night (July 20) at Old Rochester Regional High School when Wareham Post 220's Mike Kennefick (UMass-Boston) struck out nine and allowed no hits en route to a 7-1 playoff win.
McCaffrey Whiffs 9 En Route to Big Win Over Kingston Post 387
JULY 1, 2018 — Barnstable Post 206 received a rock-solid performance on the hill from Charlie McCaffrey Sunday as the righty hurler struck out nine Kingston batsmen on the way to a 3-1 win. Pat Sheran went 2-3 at the plate, while McCaffrey helped his own cause with an RBI double. Sam Capobianco, Casey Brown and Harry Lanman each added hits in the win. The victory came on the heels of a tough 8-7 loss to Rockland Post 147 and a 9-3 drop to Brockton Post 35 with wins against Hingham Post 120 and Hanover Post 149.
Post 206 Drops Tough Road Loss to East Bridgewater Post 191
JUNE 22, 2018 — Barnstable Post 206 ran into a buzzsaw Friday night on the road at Strong Field in East Bridgewater, as the visitors fell 2-0 to Post 191.Jon Cloutier took the hard luck loss after going six innings and allowing 7 hits. He struck out four batters. Seref McDowell, Pat Sheran and Jake Gumbert were the sole Post 206 batsmen to pick up hits as Post 206 fell to 4-4 on the season.
The loss came on the heels of a tough, 7-5, home loss to Pembroke Post 143 at Lowell Park earlier in the week. Andrew Williams went 2-3 in that affair, slamming a double in the early going. Gumbert (3-4), Cloutier (2-4) and Charlie McCaffrey (1-4, RBI) each added hits.
Barnstable routed Whitman Post 22 13-3 on Wednesday with Gumbert getting the win on the mound. Sheran went 3-3 with a triple and two RBI, while Gumbert added considerable help to his own cause by going 3-4 with 5 RBI at the plate. Clouter went 2-3 with 2 RBI, Sam Capobianco went 1-2 as well.
Barnstable Post 206 Blanks Plymouth Post 40 at Home
JUNE 15, 2018 — Sturgis West righty Jonathan Cloutier tossed a complete-game three hit shutout Friday night at Merrill "Red" Wilson Field in South Yarmouth to take home a 1-0 victory and give Post 206 an early 2-1 mark on the season. Teammate Jack Derosier (Cape Cod Tech) ripped an RBI single to left field to give Cloutier and Post 206 all they would need to seal the win over Plymouth Post 40. In the bottom of the sixth, deadlocked at 0-0, Lukas Grover singled to right field, Seref McDowell bunted Grover over to second, Sam Capobianco followed with a single and then Deroiser knocked in the game-winning run.
Post 206 Wins Season Opener on the Road
JUNE 10, 2018 — Barnstable High School sophomore righty Casey Brown captured his first-career American Legion victory Sunday on the road as Barnstable Post 206 defeated host Bridgewater Post 203 at B-R High School. The final score was 9-6.
2017 District 10 Champions
Post 206 Beats Wareham Post 220 Twice for D10 Championship
COTUIT, MA — Mike Knell proved the answer on the mound for Post 206 while Bobby Higgins and Jackson Badot provided the offensive firepower and Danny Crossen added a two-run double as Post 206 roared back from an 8-3 deficit to capture the 2017 District 10 Championship title. The win marked Barnstable Post 206's third trip in six years to the Massachusetts State Championship, set this year for Milford's Fino Field and Post 206's first game at 4:30 pm Saturday (July 22). Post 206 finishes District play at 21-6 and went 6-1 in the district playoffs to achieve the title.
The Championship finale was preceded by Drew Gallant's complete game one-hitter the night before at McKeon Park as he blanked Wareham, 7-0. That victory was sparked by superlative defense from Dan Crossen, Pat Sheran, Connor Bertsch and many others.
Knell, McShera & Sheran Provide Spark to Lead 206 Past Bridgewater
COTUIT, MA — As it had done in its previous match-up earlier this season, Post 206 stranded 10 runners in scoring position against a scrappy Bridgewater Post 203 squad, but it was not enough to end Barnstable's run as Mike Knell and Kyle McShera combined on the mound to shut down the visitors and end Post 203's playoff run. Pat Sheran provided a game-saving catch in the 6th inning and Knell provided the timely hitting Barnstable needed to get the job done. McShera got the win on the mound putting him at 4-1 on the 2017 campaign.