The field for the inaugural Alaska Alliance Baseball League state tournament is set.
Juneau — the two-time defending Alaska Legion state champions — secured the eighth and final spot Monday afternoon in Anchorage with a 3-2 victory over North Pole.
The winner-to-state contest was concluded Sunday, but North Pole protested the game in the bottom of the seventh because Juneau had used an ineligible pitcher.
The protest was upheld and the game resumed in the bottom of the seventh with Juneau leading 3-2.
The state tournament begins Friday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage and will feature the top eight teams in the 14-team league.
The Alliance League was formed after the American Legion national office pulled the plug on the season in late May. The Alliance, which runs Alaska’s Legion season, created the league to give teams an opportunity to play.
Fourteen of the 17 Legion teams opted in, with Kodiak, Ketchikan and Sitka — all locations off the road system — opting out.
Each team played a 10-game league schedule. Dimond, South Anchorage and Eagle River topped the standings with 8-2 records.
West Anchorage (7-3), Wasilla (6-4), Chugiak (6-4), Kenai (5-5) and Juneau (5-5) round out the state field.
Unlike the Legion state tournament, which is double-elimination, the Alliance state tournament will be round-robin, with the top two teams in the Denali and Alyeska divisions.
The championship game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on July 29.
North Pole (4-6), Palmer (4-6), Service (4-6), Bartlett (4-6), East (1-9), Fairbanks (0-10) and South Open will play in the Matson Invitational that begins Friday at Bartlett High School.
All games will be streamed at alaskalegion.com.