Mid-Plains League Sets Post Season Tourney, Honors Cowdin

By: Mid Plains League Email
By: Mid Plains League Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (Mid-Plains League) -- The Mid-Plains League is proud to announce the schedule for the 2014 Summer Classic postseason tournament.

The Summer Classic will take place July 16th through July 20th in Junction City, Kansas. The event is the culmination of the Mid-Plains League season, with the winner of this double elimination tournament being crowned champions of the Mid-Plains League.
Teams are seeded 1 through 6, in order of their finish during the regular season, with the top two seeds receiving a bye in the first round. All games in the tournament are scheduled for 7-innings.

Game # Time/Day/Date Team Team
1 4:00pm Wednesday July 16 Topeka Senators vs. Baldwin City Blues
2 7:00pm Wednesday July 16 Rossville Rattlers vs. Midwest Athletics
3 4:00pm Thursday July 17 W - 1 vs. Junction City Brigade
4 7:00pm Thursday July 17 W - 2 vs. Topeka Golden Giants
5 4:00pm Friday July 18 L - 2 vs. L - 4
6 7:00pm Friday July 18 L - 1 vs. L - 3
7 4:00pm Saturday July 19 W - 4 vs. W - 3
8 7:00pm Saturday July 19 W - 5 vs. W - 6
9 12:00pm Sunday July 20 L - 7 vs. W - 8
10 3:00pm Sunday July 20 W - 9 vs. W - 7
*11 6:00pm Sunday July 20 L - 10 vs. W-10
* Game 11 only necessary if both teams have one loss.

"It's been a great first season and we are excited to have our first postseason tournament to crown our first league champion," said MPL Commissioner David Streeter. "The league was very competitive, with the regular season champion not being determined until the last series of the season."

The Topeka Golden Giants won the regular season title going 21-8 in 30-games this season.

The winner of the Mid-Plains League Summer Classic will take home the newly named Brett Cowdin Memorial Cup. The cup is named in honor of Cowdin, who was the founder of the Topeka Golden Giants and Rossville Rattlers. Cowdin was also a two-time Kansas High School state championship baseball coach with Topeka West (2003) and Hayden High School (1997).

"It was a unanimous decision from the league members that we name the championship trophy after Coach Cowdin," Streeter said. "Without his contributions, this league would not exist. He was a catalyst for getting the league off the ground and we feel it's a great way to honor his legacy."

The tournament starts Wednesday at 4:00 pm as the 5th seeded Topeka Senators take on the 4th seeded Baldwin City Blues.

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