Due to a scheduling conflict with the Lexington Legends, the 2017 KHSAA State Baseball semifinals and championship game will be played in the afternoon instead of in the evening at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Last year the final three games of the tournament were moved to a second weekend in an effort to address concerns related to number of pitchers available to teams. Those games were played in the evening hours because the Legends — the ballpark’s primary tenant — were out of town. In 2017, the Legends have home games on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, the two days for which the state semifinals and champiomnship are scheduled.
This season’s semifinals will be played at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on June 16. The championship contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. June 17. The Legends have home games scheduled each of those nights.
“This is not anyone’s ideal schedule for the semifinals and finals, including our office or the Lexington Legends,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in a news release. “But we have had to make these accommodations in basketball before with the 2013 UK/Florida situation and the football finals with the conflicts with a home game at both Papa John’s Stadium and our current hosts at WKU, among other events. These facilities that we utilize are the best available for all involved, but they were built for that University’s students or that owner’s team, and we know that on very rare occasions, there will be conflicts where that host team has the priority.”
Tackett said if this sort of situations become a long-term issue, other discussions could be had but that for one year this would ensure the best participation opportunity for teams involved. Per the release, the KHSAA and the Lexington Legends are working collaboratively in conjunction with the South Atlantic League office to prevent scheduling conflicts in the future and protect the relationship between the KHSAA and the Legends, which is obligated through 2022.