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American Legion baseball to begin Thursday

Sports reporter

Helper American Legion Roster 2002
Landon WatsonEmery
Travis BarnettEmery
Kent StilsonEmery
Jeff FielderEmery
Chandler PearsonEmery
Blake WildeCarbon
Matt JewkesCarbon
Jamal LewisCarbon
Zac ClowardCarbon
Dusty ListerCarbon
Josh GreenwoodCarbon
Troy GrundyCarbon
Travis BettencourtCarbon
Joe VeaCarbon
Chris HatchCarbon
Tracy JonesCarbon
Frankie IriartCarbon
Mike SmithCarbon
Andy FarlainoCarbon
Garrett SchmitzCarbon
Tony McFarlandEast Carbon

High school and college baseball are over for the year. That means that baseball enthusiasts will be turning to American Legion baseball this summer to catch the excitement of America's favorite passtime.

The action will begin Thursday, June 6, at the Helper baseball park, located next to the city park. The season will officially begin with the annual tournament which the Helper team hosts, drawing teams from across the state.

This year, the Helper team is comprised of talented players from Carbon and Emery High along with a player from East Carbon. The roster reads as a who's who amongst local high school baseball athletes.

The four day tournament will begin Thursday after noon at approximately 3:45 p.m. when the first game of the season is played on the newly improved field. The game will pit Viewmont against Judge.

American Legion Helper tournament June 6-9
Thursday, June 6
3:45 Viewmont vs Judge
6:15 Helper vs Cedar City
9:00 Tooele vs Upper Valley

Friday, June 7
9:00 Cedar City vs Cyprus
11:45 Judge vs Upper Valley
2:30 W. Jordan vs Viewmont
5:15 Tooele vs W. Jordan
8:00 Upper Valley vs Helper

Saturday, June 8
9:00 Cyprus vs Tooele
11:45 Viewmont vs Tooele
2:30 Upper Valley vs Cedar
5:15 Judge vs W. Jordan
8:00 Cyprus vs Helper

Sunday, June 9
Playoffs beginning at 10:00

Following the opening game, the home team will hit the field to take on Cedar City. The game will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Thursday.

Games will be played throughout the day, Friday and Saturday, with Helper hitting the field at 8 p.m. both nights.

Sunday is scheduled for the championship games. Placement will be determined by the win-loss records after Saturday's games. Action will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The American Legion team will play throughout the summer, with frequent games scheduled in June and July. The experience will allow athletes to improve on their skills, while having fun doing what they enjoy the most, competing.

This year's team is expected to be strong competitors for the American Legion championship. The Helper team, who placed second last season looks forward to taking the big step up on the championship ladder. With the team selected this season, this step just may become a reality.

The star packed squad is bound to bring new life to the improved baseball facility. The park, which has overgone dramatic changes this past spring, is completed and ready to host baseball fans from across the state.

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