Garrettson Blue Jays disqualified from State Amateur Tournament

 Two of the top amateur baseball teams districts won’t be in this year’s South Dakota state tournament after rule violations.

The Garretson Blue Jays, who were last years Class B state runner-up, were disqualified from postseason play, after using an American Legion baseball player in their district playoff game. The same rule also was applied to the Redfield Dairy Queen team, which won their district before being disqualified.

The Mitchell Republic reported that the Blue Jays used a Legion baseball player in their July 23 game against Akron. Legion-level players are not supposed to play in the amateur district tournaments until their Legion teams season is done. 

Friday Garretson was told they were out. South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association President Dale Weber said Garretson’s situation was unfortunate.

Weber said he was told it was a miscommunication between the district commissioner and the manager.