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Keith Sell Tournament

JuNE 29 - July 2, 2023
Helena Senators: 2023 Keith Sell Tournament Champions

Helena Senators: 2023 Keith Sell Tournament Champions.


  • Helena Senators
  • Belgrade Bandits
  • Butte Miners
  • Calgary CPBA Bison
  • Calgary Cardinals
  • Lethbridge Elks

About the Tournament

The 28th Annual Keith Sell Tournament will be held June 29 – July 2, 2023, at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena. The six-team tourney opens at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

The Keith Sell Tournament is in honor of Keith Sell,  longtime general manager of the Helena American Legion Program.

Sell was involved with Senators baseball in various capacities off and on for more than 40 years. Beginning in the mid-1960s, he has served as an assistant coach, head coach, and general manager.

A former Copper League pitcher, Sell was ambidextrous and would throw batting practice for the Senators with either hand “with something on it,” according to a former player.

Keith's son, Mike Sell, played for the Senators from 1984 to 1988. Mike played second base and was the lead off hitter all five years. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 1988 Major League Baseball draft and went on to play college baseball at Taft College his freshman year and Yakama Community College his sophomore year before returning to Montana.

Mike's son Caden Sell (Keith's grandson) played for the Independents, Reps, and Senators between 2017-2021.

The field tarp used to cover the infield at Kindrick Legion Field has been coined the "Keith Sell Tarp," as the proceeds from the first Keith Sell Tournament were used to purchase the tarp.

Stream  the Kell Sell Tournament live on YouTube

Thursday, June 29

Time Third Base Dugout   First Base Dugout Game
2:00 PM Lethbridge Elks - 5 vs Butte Miners -7 Pool Play
5:00 PM CPBA Bison - 1 vs Belgrade Bandits -15 Pool Play
8:00 PM Helena Senators -13 vs Calgary Cardinals -5 Pool Play

Friday, June 30

Time Third Base Dugout   First Base Dugout Game
11:00 AM Belgrade Bandits - 5 vs Lethbridge Elks - 2 Pool Play
2:00 PM CPBA Bison - 3 vs Lethbridge Elks -15 Pool Play
5:00 PM Calgary Cardinals - 0 vs Butte Miners -12 Pool Play
8:00 PM Helena Senators - 9 vs Butte Miners -1 Pool Play

Saturday, July 1

Time Third Base Dugout   First  Base Dugout Game
9:00 AM Lethbridge Elks - 10 vs Calgary Cardinals - 2 Pool Play
11:45 PM CPBA Bison - 6 vs Butte Miners - 10 Pool Play
1:00-5:00 PM Free BBQ meal for all players/coaches, located in concessions picnic area
2:30 PM Calgary Cardinals - 10 vs Belgrade Bandits -14 Pool Play
5:15 PM Helena Senators - 2 vs Belgrade Bandits - 3 Pool Play
8:00 PM Helena Senators - 6  vs CPBA Bison -5 Pool Play

Sunday, July 2

Time Third Base Dugout   First Base Dugout Game
9:00 AM #5 CPBA Bisons - 5 vs #6 Calgary Cardinals - 11

Bracket Game

12:00 PM #3 Butte Miners vs #4 Lethbridge Elks

Bracket Game

3:00 PM #1 Belgrade Bandits vs #2 Helena Senators

Championship Game

Note: The Helena Senators will take the third base dugout regardless of their seeding in bracket play.

Tournament Rules

  1. American Legion Baseball Rules will be followed except as specified below. 

  2. Coaches must be in uniform and wear protective helmets.

  3. Games will be 7 innings unless extra innings are needed. In the case of a tie after 7 innings or because of time limit,
    teams will go into a tie-breaker scenario. Each team will start the next inning with a runner on 2nd base and no outs. The
    runner will be the last out recorded from the previous inning.

  4. Twelve run rule applies after 4 innings, eight run rule applies after 5 innings.

  5. The time limit for each game is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Time will officially start with the first pitch of the game. There will be no time limit for the Championship game. The official score keeper will keep track of time.

  6. Home team will be determined by a coin toss before the start of the game.  Helena will be home team for their pool play games. On Sunday, the better seed will be the home team.

  7. Infield/outfield is not allowed. Ground balls and fly balls in the outfield only please.

  8. Courtesy runners are encouraged for the pitcher and catcher. Courtesy runner can be any player that is not currently in the lineup.

  9. Teams will be seeded for Monday’s games.  Seeding criteria follows.
    •    Overall record
    •    Head to Head record
    •    Runs allowed
    •    Runs scored
    •    Coin flip if still tied

    *If 3 or more-way ties, Head-to-Head will only be used if all tied teams have played each other. If all tied teams have not
    played each other the remaining seeding criteria will be used to break the first tie. The team that won the first tie will
    then be removed and we will evaluate the remaining teams to break the second tie, where Head- to-Head can come
    back into play.

  10. The higher seed in Sunday games will be the home team, but the Senators will always occupy the 3rd base dugout.


For More Information:

Helena Senators Head Coach Jon Burnett
(406) 459-7759