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July 28, 2008 1:47 pm

West District Tournament begins Thursday

Written by Tribune Staff

Tournament schedule included at bottom.
Six American Legion baseball teams will be vying for the first-place trophy at the West District Class A Tournament in Powell beginning Thursday morning at Ed Lynn Field. This year's district event will feature Cody, Powell, Riverton, Jackson, Lovell and the combined squad from Worland and Lander.
The Cody Cubs and Powell Pioneers earned the top two seeds in the tournament, and both squads will have the benefit of a first-round bye and an automatic berth in the quarterfinals. That means Cody and Powell each need to win just one game to earn a berth in the state tournament, which is slated to begin Aug. 5 in Cheyenne.
With so much riding on the Pioneers' first game of the double-elimination tournament, a 7 p.m. matchup Thursday against the winner of contest between Riverton and the combined squad from Worland and Lander, Powell head coach Jeff Young said his team will likely send pitching ace Scotty Jameson to the mound.
“We want to win the district tournament, but our first goal is to earn a trip to state,” Coach Young said. “We'll probably go ahead and pitch Scotty because that will give us a good chance of getting the win we need. He's been throwing very well at home lately, and his arm will be fresh. He's been hot lately, and I anticipate he'll be our guy during that first game.”
Should Powell emerge victorious in it's game Thursday, it will advance to a 7 p.m. semifinal game Friday at 7 p.m. Should Powell (31-17) lose its opening game, it will drop into the losers' bracket contest at 10 a.m. Friday to face the loser of the first-round, Jackson-Lovell contest.
“We entered the season with several goals,” Coach Young said. “Because we knew coming in that we had a young team, one of those goals was to get better each week and each month. Another goal was to be hitting our stride in time for the district tournament. We've been playing pretty well lately, and we feel like we're sitting in pretty good shape going into it. We need to get that win that will get us to state. If we can take care of that and get it out of the way, then we'll see how high we can finish at the district tournament.”
West District
Class A Tournament

Game One: Riverton vs. Worland/Lander, Thursday, 10 a.m.
Game Two: Jackson vs. Lovell, 1 p.m., Thursday, 1 p.m.
Game Three: Powell vs. Game One winner, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Game Four: Cody vs. Game Two winner, Thursday, 4 p.m.
Game Five: Game Two loser vs. Game Three loser, Friday, 10 a.m.
Game Six: Game One loser vs. Game Four loser, Friday, 1 p.m.
Game Seven: Game Three winner vs. Game Four winner, Friday, 7 p.m.
Game Eight: Game Five winner vs. Game Six winner, Friday, 4 p.m.
Game Nine: Game Eight winner vs. Game Seven Loser, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 10: Game Seven winner vs. Game Nine winner, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Game 11: Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser (if loss in Game 10 is first loss), Sunday, noon.