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Keith Sell Tournament

July 2 - July 5, 2021
Helena Senators: 2021 Keith Sell Tournament Champions

Helena Senators: 2021 Keith Sell Tournament Champions. Photo by Gary Marshall/BMGphotos.com

Teams

  • Helena Senators
  • Billings Scarlets
  • Butte Miners
  • Glacier Twins
  • Great Falls Chargers
  • Yakima Beetles

About the Tournament

The 26th Annual Keith Sell Tournament will be held July 2 – July 5, 2021, at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena. The six-team tourney opens at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 2.

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 now plays for the Senators after playing for both the Reps and Independents.

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.

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Friday, July 2

Time Third Base Dugout   First Base Dugout Game
2:00 PM Glacier (9) vs Butte  (1) Pool Play
5:00 PM Yakima (5) vs Butte (8) Pool Play
8:00 PM Helena (9) vs Great Falls (2)

*AA Conference Game
Helena Home,

Tournament rules do not apply

Saturday, July 3

Time Third Base Dugout   First Base Dugout Game
12:30 PM Helena (14) vs Butte (6) Pool Play
3:00 PM Great Falls  (7) vs Billings (10) Pool Play
5:30 PM Yakima (18) vs Billings (6) Pool Play
8:00 PM Helena (7) vs Glacier (6) Pool Play

Sunday, July 4

Time Third Base Dugout   First Base Dugout Game
10:00 AM Billings (8) vs Butte (7) Pool Play
12:30 PM Billings (5) vs Glacier (10) Pool Play
3:00 PM Great Falls (12) vs Glacier (6) Pool Play
5:30 PM Great Falls (13) vs Yakima (3) Pool Play
8:00 PM Helena (13)  vs Yakima (7) Pool Play

Monday, July 5

Time Third Base Dugout   First Base Dugout Game
9:00 AM Great Falls (3) vs Butte (2)

Bracket Game

11:30 AM Billings (18) vs Yakima  (10)

Bracket Game

2:00 PM Helena (12) vs Glacier (1)

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.  This includes American Legion Pitch Count and days of rest rules.

  2. Coaches must wear protective helmets.

  3. Games will be 7 innings unless extra innings are needed.

  4. Fifteen run rule applies after 3 innings, eight-run rule applies after 5 innings.

  5. The time limit for each game is 2 hours.  No new inning will begin after the 2-hour limit. Time will officially start with the first pitch of the game.  In the case of a tie after the 2-hour 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. There will be no time limit on Sunday. The official scorekeeper will keep track of time.

  6. We have 3 cages available for pre-game BP.  Please leave at least 1 cage open for your opponent.  It can get tight at the cages so please make sure your teams are socially distancing from opponents.

  7. The home team will be determined by a coin flip for pool play games not involving Helena.  Helena will be home team for their pool play games.  On Sunday, better seed will be home team.  Helena Senators and Reps will always occupy the 3rd base dugout.

  8. Infield/outfield will not be allowed.  Ground balls / Fly balls can be hit in the outfield.

  9. Courtesy runners are encouraged for catcher only.  Courtesy runner can be any player that is not currently in the lineup.  

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

    *For 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.

For More Information:

Helena Senators Head Coach Jon Burnett
(406) 459-7759
coachb5@ymail.com