Laramie 9-10 All-Stars Begin Title Defense
The Laramie 9-10 year old Little League All-Stars will vie for another Wyoming state championship today through Saturday in Cody.
The 2014 Wyoming State Little League Baseball Tournament is a four-team double-elimination bracket. Laramie won the title a year ago at home.
Now manager Jerry Dodd is hoping to duplicate that success. His squad had to battle back through some adversity at last week's district tournament just to qualify for state.
"We struggled early on, but the nice thing about these kids, (we) found out their will to win is amazing. They bounced back after being a little flat the first couple of games, and they had no quit in them at all."
Laramie has to face the host team to start the state tournament. They play Cody at 3 p.m. today.
Dodd says that will be difficult, "I knew they were going to be tough when we finished up last year because they were a young team last year. It's going to be a challenge... we're going to go right at 'em and give 'em all we can get."
Dodd stressed the importance of winning the first game, so you don't have to keep battling back through the loser out portion of the bracket. He also feels good about the depth of his squad's pitching and their defensive capabilities.
Gillette American and Big Horn (basin) are the other two teams in the 9-10 year old state tournament bracket.