2016 AC Blues American Legion AA Team
The Post #246 Asotin County Blues are a member of the Junior AA Legion Spokane League (www.spokanealb.com). This twenty-seven team AA league includes teams from the Greater Spokane League high schools such as University, Gonzaga Prep, Ferris, Mead, Mount Spokane, Lewis and Clark, Shadle Park, Central, West, and East Valley high schools. Other league members located outside of the greater Spokane area include Cheney, Medical Lake, Coeur D’ Alene, Deer Park, Kettle Falls, Lakeside, Freeman, Northwest Christian, Trail, B.C., Pullman, and Whitman County (Colfax).
In the 2010 season, only their second year of existence, the Asotin County Blues were the AA Spokane League’s American League Western Division champion and attended the AA Washington State Tournament held in Anacortes. In both 2011 and 2012, the Blues were the overall AA Spokane League Champions and once again represented the league at the AA State Tournament in Anacortes, WA. In 2014, the Blues were League champions and placed 3rd at the AA State Tournament in Spokane, WA.
The mission of the Asotin County Blues is to improve the skill level of our high school programs. Since we are an American Legion program, all of our opponents are rostered with the best baseball athletes selected from each of their respective base high schools in Spokane and the surrounding areas. Therefore, EVERY game we play on our schedule is highly competitive, which we feel accelerates the skill level and improvement we have seen in our own players. One merely needs to look at the box scores from the Clarkston High School Bantams and the Asotin High School Panthers baseball games each week to see the major contributions made by all of the Asotin County Blues players on a game-by-game basis.
The Blues generally play a busy thirty to thirty-five plus game season schedule where a portion of our games are played at our home field at the Asotin High School Baseball Complex and the other portion are traveled to by van transportation. Non-league opponents include the Lewis-Clark Cubs, teams from Walla Walla and occasionally the Seattle area. Each year, we travel to a tournament outside the area.
The Asotin County Blues pride themselves in the fact that our players are allowed to play and develop at multiple positions and are not relegated to only one single position on the field or to only one specific game situation. We also are aware that many of our athletes do participate in sports other than baseball and that those sports frequently have summer camps or clinics. We do allow our players to attend one camp during our season if they desire.
The Asotin County Blues are a nonprofit organization that functions on generous community donations and reasonable player fees and are governed by a three member Board of Directors that meets monthly throughout the year. We do welcome and appreciate those that volunteer their services in whatever capacity they wish.
Our team is sponsored by American Legion Post #246 in Clarkston, whose service to our country is immeasurable and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for this opportunity to share with you about our program and “Let’s Go Blues”.