Alliance First National Spartans ready for season to begin

Alliance First National Spartans’ Ezra Ray (left), Joel Baker and Trevor Dubray tackle Kirk Sanders after Sanders had the walkoff hit in the 11th inning to lift Alliance to a 2-1 win over Ogallala in the Class B, Area 7 Senior Legion Baseball Tournament championship game on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Ogallala.

The Alliance First National Senior Legion baseball team won’t get to defend their Class B, Area 7 championship this summer, but they will get to play.

Gov. Pete Ricketts gave the OK for softball and baseball teams to begin practicing on June 1 and begin competition on June 18.

Alliance coach Carlos Palomo said his team is eager to play this summer.

“This is a great group returning,” Palomo said. “This is the last time they will get to play with each other.”

Palomo said they have had little time to put together games after being given approval to resume play. Each team is responsible for making their own schedules, he said.

“I think one of the toughest things to do is scheduling,” he said. “I’m doing my best to keep our original schedule.”

Even with a shortened season, Palomo said his team will still get to play 35-40 games. He said his team will only have a few days off during the season.

“It will be a very busy schedule, especially with the weights program,” he said.

It will be a little bit of a letdown not being able to play for the Class B, Area 7 title.

“We have put in a lot of work. (Repeating as area champions) has always been in the back of our minds,” Palomo said.

Still, the Spartans will have plenty to play for including the brotherhood they develop playing together for so long, he said.

“It gives me social interaction with the kids. I look forward to that,” Palomo said. “We are blessed to be able to take the field.”

Alliance will also host a postseason tournament for the senior teams on July 24-26. The juniors postseason tournament will be hosted by Chadron on July 17-19.

How the season will look for the team hasn’t quite yet been ironed out. Palomo said he is still waiting for rules and guidelines from the American Legion.

Casual fans will not be able to watch Alliance’s games. Only family members in the same household as the player will be allowed, and each family must follow social distancing guidelines by keeping 6 feet away from each family unit.

Alliance Senior Tentative Schedule

June 18 vs North Platte

June 19-21 at Clair Conley

June 24 at Gering

June 25-26 Gillette (Wyoming) Tournament.

June 30 vs. Chadron

July 1 at Gordon

July 2 vs. Gordon

July 3-5 Westco Zephyrs Tournament.

July 6 at North Platte

July 7 vs. Gering

July 8 vs. Rapid City Post 22 Expos

July 9 at Buckley

July 13 vs. Buckley

July 14 vs. Bridgeport

July 15 vs Sidney (Sr. Tri-Alliance, Ogallala, Sidney)

July 16-19 at Rapid City Black Hills Tournament

July 20 at Bridgeport

July 21 vs. Westco Zephyrs

July 22 at Chadron

July 24-26 Alliance Senior Postseason Tournament

July 27 at Sidney

July 28 at Westco Express

July 30-Aug. 2 at Bennington Senior Postseason Tourney

Alliance Juniors Tentative Schedule

June 18 at Rapid City Post 320 Shooters

June 19-21 Clair Conley

June 22 vs Rapid City Post 320 Shooters

June 23 vs Rapid City Post 22 Bullets

June 24 at Gering

June 26 at Fort Morgan Tournament

June 30 vs Chadron

July 1 at Gordon

July 2 vs Gordon

July 7 vs. Gering

July 14 vs Bridgeport

July 15 vs Sidney

July 17-19 Chadron Junior Postseason Tournament

July 20 at Bridgeport

July 21 vs Westco Express

July 22 at Chadron

July 23-26 Ashland Postseason Tournament

July 2 at Sidney

July 28 at Westco Express

Jeff Van Patten is the sports editor of the Star-Herald. Jeff can be reached by calling 308-632-9050 or emailing jeff.vanpatten@starherald.com.

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