Legion softball: Wadena to take part in first Legion state softball tournament
After beating Swanville 9-7 and 10-6 last Monday, the Wadena Legion softball team punched its ticket to the first ever state tournament in Mankato this weekend.
WADENA – For the first time ever, Minnesota is hosting an American Legion state softball tournament, and the girls from Wadena will be one of eight teams making the trip.
Wadena punched its ticket with a pair of wins over Swanville last Monday. Its 9-7 and 10-6 victories clinched a spot in the eight-team field with Howard Lake, Adams, Browerville, Parkers Prairie, Fairmont and Hayfield.
Wadena will take part in a banquet at 6 p.m. on Friday night before taking on Hayfield at Jaycee Park at 1 p.m. in Mankato on Saturday. The winner of that game gets the winner of Parkers Prairie and Fairmont at 5 p.m. Each team is guaranteed three games in the
The Minnesota American Legion announced last September that it will begin offering fastpitch softball for girls in the summer 2022. Mike Arvidson, a special education teacher and member of the Sons of the American Legion out of Parkers Prairie, is the program director.
Wadena players range from eighth grade to seniors in high school. Similar to baseball, teams across the state are divided into sub-states. The top two teams from each sub-state qualified for the tournament in Mankato.