The American Legion baseball program will have new jerseys and other equipment this year

The organization received $500 from the St. Maries Elks, $2,000 from the St. Maries Eagles, $1,000 from the Paul Bunyan Days committee, $250 from the St. Maries American Legion Auxillary and $250 from the St. Joe Snow Riders. The funds were received by organizers Jacob Hill and Cole Boag, as well as Legion members Dean Johnson and Tim Hall.

“The American Legion team committee is extremely grateful for the generous gifts of these organizations,” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said the teams the St. Maries American Legion post organizes will have nine home games this year, and around 20-25 games in total around the area. A full schedule will be available at the start of each game when it is finalized. This year’s team incorporates players from the St. Maries, Kellogg, Kootenai and Plummer areas.

Mr. Hall said the legion has been concerned with program turnout across the state due to competition from larger travelling teams, which recruit skilled players from smaller communities. He said at least one player from the area had been signed by the larger teams.

Despite this, he is optimistic the local amateur teams will put on a strong showing this year.

“We’re hoping to put a very competitive team on the field,” Mr. Hall said.

Before the start of the season, the organization will have an alumni game June 15, featuring members of the Legion and former Legion players and coaches facing off against one another in an exhibition match. The event will include a home-run derby, concessions and a beer tent for adults.

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