ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Palmer Post 15, Ketchikan Post 3 and Wasilla Post 35 were all ruled ineligible for Friday’s state tournament after the teams failed to buy required insurance on time, according to senior Alaska Legion officials.
Wasilla qualified for the tournament -- Ketchikan would have if only Wasilla was disqualified. Palmer never clinched a postseason berth.
The disqualifications mean Kodiak will now be in the tournament.
“Each Legion post is responsible for registering the team online and paying for the required insurance before the deadline,” wrote Van Williams, a league spokesperson.
Appeals were also denied on behalf of the three teams, and all have been invited to the Matson tournament for teams that don't qualify for state.
Channel 2 spoke with Wasilla baseball coach Ken Ottinger, who said it was heartbreaking to have to inform his team they wouldn't be playing in state due to a missed deadline.
"I had to watch my kids bust out in tears and it was devastating to watch," Ottinger said. "That's where the heartache comes in."
Ottinger went on to say despite this setback, his team has taught him a lot in how to make the best of bad situations.
"They said they were going to go to the banquet with their heads held high, know they made the state tournament as a three seed and finish the season out as brothers," Ottinger said with a chuckle.
The state tournament for Legion baseball begins Friday, July 27th.