Legion baseball team to play in tournament

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— The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team will play in a tournament in Green River, Wyo., today, Saturday and Sunday.

The team - mostly made up of high school baseball players and a few who have graduated - will play as many as seven games in the three-day tournament.

It will be the fifth year in a row the team has attended the tournament.

"It's a lot of fun," manager Dave Roy said. "They're a great host, and like I said, we've been going to it for a number of years."

Those expected to play include former high school players Lars Johnson, Elliot Girard and Ryan Tibbetts.

Current high school players Ryan Hall, Brandon Clark, Alan Capistron, Matt Watwood and Hondo Anderson also are expected to play.

The Steamboat team is 5-7 on the year, while playing in a Western Slope League with 12 other teams.

In addition to Steamboat, Moffat County, Middle Park, Rifle, Eagle Valley, Summit, Coal Ridge and two teams from Rifle are some of the teams that make up the league.

"We've been playing pretty well," Roy said. "We've been pretty strong this year. Our first five or six hitters have been smashing the ball this summer."

Steamboat's next home game is at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Emerald Blue against Eagle Valley. A second game will follow.

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