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American Legion

The 2004 American Legion baseball season is fast approaching.

In total, 31 teams will participate in the state's American Legion program this year, including 10 teams from the north league and five teams from the south league.

Helper will be part of the Salt Lake Valley league this season, which is comprised of 16 teams.

According to coach Jeff Cisneros, Helper is one of the favorites to win the state title.

"In the last four years, we have finished no worse than fourth in the state," he noted.

League nights will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with half played at home and half away.

The first game will be played June 8 to be followed by the Helper tournament beginning June 10-13.

The eight-team tournament will include Cyprus, Kearns, St. George, Taylorsville, Belgrade, Mont., Upper Valley, Idaho, Minico, Idaho and Helper.

Cisneros projects approximately 40 games will be played this season.

The state tournament will begin July 31 at Oquirrh Park in Kearns.

Tryouts will begin Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m. on the Helper Legion field.

Anyone born in the year 1985 or after is eligible for legion ball and about 20 players will make the team.

Last year, the team included players from Altamont, Green River, East Carbon, Carbon and Emery. All are welcome to try out.

"I would like to invite everyone to at least stop at the ballpark, if not to see a game, to at least see the improvements that have been made over the last couple of years," Cisneros commented. "This has become one of the nicest parks in the state."

For more information or to help sponsor the team, contact Cisneros at 637-3549.





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