Miners allowed to play Class A

The Montana/Alberta American Legion Baseball Committee reversed its stance and decided to allow the Butte Miners to compete in the Class A division in 2013, Miners coach Jeff LeProwse said today.

The Miners will play in the Southern A District, which was the home of the Butte Muckers through 2011. The Butte Legion program didn’t have enough players for two teams last year, and the Miners struggled to an 0-26 Eastern AA schedule.

LeProwse said Baseball Committee member Bill Houston informed the Miners of the decision. Butte will not be eligible for post-season play if Butte’s enrollment of high school students between the grades of 10 and 12 is at 1,000 or above on March 31.

Before Buttesports.com brought the story to light, the Miners were told they couldn’t play Class A ball because their enrollment was 1,041 at last count. The Miners were told they could compete in Class AA, where Butte officials didn’t think the team was prepared to compete, or Class B, which is basically a non-conference level with no post-season options. Butte was forced to play Class AA last year when the Butte enrollment number was 997.

Dillon Cubs coach Randy Shipman said he hasn’t heard from anyone on the Committee to tell him if they have also reconsidered its decision to bar him from Montana/Alberta American Legion Baseball.