State College Legion baseball team not allowed to play in regional tournament

Despite winning the Central Penn League tournament, the State College American Legion baseball team will not be participating in the Region 7 tournament because of a paperwork error.

The Region 7 tournament starts Saturday in Bedford. Beech Creek won the regular-season title and earned the No. 1 berth from the league, while State College had the No. 2 spot. But Clearfield will be going instead to the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

According to State College manager Rick Hall, two names were left off the roster submitted to the state office, necessary in the process in advancing in the regional and state tournaments. Hall appealed the decision but received word Wednesday night the appeal was denied.

“I take full blame for this,” Hall wrote in an email sent to team members, “it was an oversight on my part.”

The names had been on the roster submitted to the league in May. The deadline for submitting the roster to the state was June 20.

“What they ask for from the league and from the state are two different things,” Hall said by phone.

When the roster was submitted to the state office, the names had initially been left off. The names were later added online, Hall thought, but never made it onto the official roster by the deadline, and Hall took the blame for not checking to make sure the roster was set.

“Although it appears State College did not violate the rules by design,” Hall was told in an email response from the state Legion office, “they did violate the rules and therefore are disqualified from the Region 7 Tournament.”

Gordon Brunskill: 814-231-4608, @gordoncdt