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Congratulations to Paragould Runners Up in Regional Tournament

Paragould represented the State of Arkansas well in the Regional American Legion tournament held in Pelham Alabama. Paragould defeated the state champions from Missouri, Mississippi, Kansas before falling to the host team.

Paragould Wins American Legion 2023 AAA Arkansas State Championship

Congratulations to Paragould for winning the AAA State Tournament Championship in a close game with Conway with a final score of eight to six. Here are pictures from Thursday's finals. Paragould advances to American Legion Regional American Legion Tournament to be played in Pelham, Alabama.

2023 AAA Champs Paragould

2023 AAA Champs Paragould

2023 AAA Runner Ups Conway

AAA Most Valuable Player Lane England

AAA Best Pitcher Award Hunter Alexander

AAA Sportsmanship Award Cabot

AAA Tournament Play at UCA in Conway

Congratulations to Conway and Paragould for advancing to finals of the AAA American legion tournament to be played today July 27 at UCA in Conway.  Here are tournament results to date.  

Sunday July 23

Conway 8   Greenwood 0

Cabot 11   North Little Rock 2

Paragould 16   Bryant 1

Fort Smith 4 Sheridan 0

Monday July 24

Greenwood 1   North Little Rock 0

Bryant 9   Sheridan 7

Conway 5   Cabot 4

Paragould 9   Fort Smith 8

Tuesday July 25

Cabot 6   Bryant 4

Fort Smith 12   Greenwood 8

Conway 10   Paragould 2

Wednesday July 26

Game 12: Cabot 9 Fort Smith 7

Game 13: Paragould 13 Cabot 9

Thursday July 27

Championship  Conway vs Paragould

Second Game if needed

Lake Hamilton Wins 17U Junior State Tournament

CONWAY, ARK. – Kohen Manley collected two hits including a double and four runs batted in as well as pitching a compete game in leading Lake Hamilton to a 11-1 win over Mountain Home MaCleod to win the American Legion AA State Championship.

Manley was solid on the mound allowing just five hits and one earned run to pick up his second win of the tournament

Mountain Home’s Ian Ellison was named outstanding pitcher of the tournament going 1-0, working 10 innings, allowing just eight hits, no earned runs and 10 strike outs.

Lake Hamilton’s Caleb Rouse earned most valuable player honors for the tournament going 10-for-18 at the plate with 11 runs scored, 5 stolen bases and a .650 on base percentage.

Lake Hamilton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first-inning as Easton Hurley and Caleb Rouse opened the game with back-to-back singles. Kohen Manley drove in Manley with a single to left field, while Rouse scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.

Mountain Home cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third when Nate Henderson drove home Carter Atkins on a fielder’s choices after Atkins was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a Cory Jines single.

The Wolves struck for four runs in the sixth-innings with the big blow being a two run double by Manley followed by a run-scoring single by Landon West.

Lake Hamilton broke the game open in the seventh adding five more run with the help of a two-run single by Drew Reeves and a run-scoring base hit by Blake Cribb to secure the victory.

Lake Hamilton and Mountain Home Macleod were the two teams to earn the wild cards from pool play to advance to the 8-team single elimination bracket. Both team participated in pool play at Majestic Park in Hot Springs.

Lake Hamilton opened bracket play with a 7-4 victory over Conway behind winning pitcher Coy Autrey who pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and striking out three batters.

Easton Hurley pitched the final inning in relief to pick up the save. Hurley retired the side in order, striking out two batters.

Landon West and Caleb Rouse had two hits each, with West having a double and a run batted in.

The Wolves advanced to the championship game with a win over Sheridan Peoples Bank on Saturday.

Again Lake Hamilton took advantage of its opponents errors jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first-inning.

Hurley led the Wolves offensively having three hits while Rouse having two hits of his own. Hurley also pitched himself to a win going 6 1/3 innings, surrendering seven hits and fanning seven batters. Landon West came on in relief to pick up the save.

Mountain Home opened bracket play with a 6-3 victory over Texarkana behind the arm of Ian Ellison who pitched a complete game allowing seven hits, no earned runs and striking out five.

Mountain Home only managed three hits with Ellison, Isaiah Wood and Jaxson Westcoat all having singles. Texarkana committed four errors in the game.

In the semifinals, Mountain Home overcame a 9-0 deficit to rally and beat Bryant 12-11 to advance to the championship.

Trailing 9-0, Mountain Home scored five runs in the third with Jackson Corp having a two-run single to set the tone for the comeback.

In the fourth, Mountain Home added four more runs to tie the score  at 9-9. All four runs were unearned as Bryant committed two errors in the frame.

Corp again had a big hit, a double to leftfield while Ellison, and Westcost provided RBI singles.

After Bryant scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead, Mountain Home regained the lead with three runs in the bottom half the inning benefitting from four straight hit batters.

Nate Henderson held Bryant in check the final two innings to pick up the win. Henderson entered the game in the second-inning and went the rest of the way.

Corp went 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBI, while Jines was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

Here are pictures and results from the 2023 Junior State Tournament concluding July 16, 2023.

Champions Lake Hamilton

Runners Up Mountain Home MacLeod's

Sportsmanship Award

Most Valuable Player Award

Blake Hall Award - Outstanding Hitter

Conway Wins American Legion 15U State Tournament

Round one results from the American Legion 15U State Tournament, Bryant defeated Morrilton 6-3 and  Conway defeating Heber Springs. 

In round 2, Sheridan defeated Beebe;  Conway defeated Bryant; and Morrilton defeated Heber Springs.  Bryant then defeated Sheridan to advance to the finals against Conway.

In the finals, Bryant defeated Conway 1-0 in a well pitched game. Then Conway defeated Bryant in the second game to win the championship of the double elimination tournament.


Conway 15 (U) Arkansas State Champs

Bryant 15 (U) Arkansas State Runner Ups

North Ft. Smith Wins Arkansas American Legion AA State Tournament in Hot Springs

Pool play results from Monday June 19 at Majestic Park in Hot Springs; Ft Smith Forsgren  14  Vilonia 13 and North Ft Smith 13. Beebe 2.

Pool play results from Tuesday June 20  Beebe 11 Harrison 7 and Ft Smith 9 Batesville 8.

Pool play results from Wednesday June 21 Batesville 4 Vilonia 3 vs. Batesville and North Ft Smith 9 Harrison 5.

Final results, Ft Smith 7 Beebe 6; N. Ft Smith 6 Batesville 2. and championship game N. Ft. Smith 2 Ft. Smith 1. Full tournament schedule and results are available under the Tournaments tab. 


2023 AA Champs North FT. Smith

2023 AA Champs North FT. Smith

2023 AA Runners Up Forsgren

2023 AA Runners Up Forsgren

2023 Arkansas American Legion Baseball Important Dates

Here are important 2023 dates for Arkansas American Legion Baseball:

January 21 10:00 am (Saturday) Managers/Coaches Meeting  (@ Little Rock Christian Academy)

February 4, 10:00 am (Saturday) Managers/Coaches Meeting (@Little Rock Christian Academy)   

Each team planning to play American Legion baseball in 2023 is expected to be represented at one of these Managers/Coaches meetings. Attendance at one of the meetings is necessary in order to receive information about rules, registration, insurance and tournament play in 2023. This is a great time to schedule games.Deadline for early registration May 15, 2023. Remember no team can have tryouts, practice or play games prior to registration and payment for insurance.

Final Day for Registration, pay insurance, and pay registration fees May 31, 2023

June 15, 2023 Deadline for Team Managers to submit Form #1 with State Commissioner

June 19-23, 2023 AA State Tournament Hot Springs (North Ft. Smith State Champions)

June 21-24. 2023 15U State Tournament Little Rock Christian Academy (Conway State Champions)

July 10-19, 2023 17U (Juniors) State Tournament Pool Play 3 or 4 site locations TBD / Single Elimination Finals at UCA Conway

July 20-28, 2023 19U (Seniors)  State Tournament Hot Springs & UCA Conway Pool Play/ Double Elimination Finals UCA Conway (Opening Ceremonies for Finals July 23 UCA Conway)

Reminder to communicate to your players to purchase molded cleats for play on turf fields at Ft. Smith, Hot Springs,   & UCA.

Patches & Emblems

It is official we will continue with our original American Legion Baseball patch.  Wilson Sporting Goods - a manufacture of ball sports equipment - now offers teams and coaches the option to add a printed version of the official American Legion Baseball sleeve emblem to their uniforms.

The traditional sleeve patch will continue to be available for purchase through American Legion Emblem Sales by clicking here.

Team Registration

Team Registration for 2024 season will open after January 1, 2024. More information is to be posted as it comes available from American Legion Baseball national office. Go to the link below for the American Legion Baseball National Site to learn more about American Legion Baseball. A meeting for the State of Arkansas Registration will be held in January 2024 for the 2024 season.  The date, time and place will be posted in December for all those with interest in American Legion baseball.

Here are the 2023 fees for team registration to assist those in planning for the 2024 season, these rates may change but should be in the ballpark for planning purposes.  Insurance was $263.00 for Seniors and $200.00 for Juniors per team up to 18 players. This insurance does cover players signed up for tryouts. The national administrative team fee is $125.00 for Seniors and $100.00 for Juniors (under 17). The Arkansas registration fee is $550.00 for all teams.

All registered teams must play a minimum of five Legion games and then become eligible to play in the respective state tournament playoffs (Seniors, Juniors & 15 and under). 15 and under is defined as 15 before May 1. This means they are ineligible to play 15U If they turn 16 before May 1.

Click here to visit the National American Legion website

Background Checks

Background checks for coaches and managers are to be processed upon confirmation of registration fee payment by American Legion.