Laramie Legion Baseball Ready For Post-Season
The American Legion baseball season is winding down. The Laramie Rangers and Laramie Deputies began post-season action today in Rock Springs and Sheridan.
The 2014 Single A South District Tournament sees Laramie face Riverton at 4 p.m. today in their first game in Rock Springs.
Rangers’ manager Rich Wilson believes his squad can step up their level of play as the post-season starts.
“If they have the right mindset, they’re capable of doing that. We’ve been, as a coaching staff, trying to preach that all summer. You know, step it up when you need to, and don’t play at the level of your competition… Now it’s time to put up (or shut up).”
The Rangers enter the post-season with a 21-28 record, while Riverton is 16-24 on the season.
In their only meeting of the year, Laramie beat the Raiders in Casper on May 10 by a final of 10-0 in five innings.
It has been ten days since the Rangers have seen action, but that’s been beneficial according to Wilson.
“I feel confident, and I feel good. You talk to the players, and it’s been a long season. It was good for the players to get away from each other… Hopefully, we’re fresh; clean mind; and ready to get after it.”
You can listen to today’s game broadcast on KOWB (AM 1290) or by clicking here.
David Settle will call the game from Rock Springs. The broadcast starts at 3:45 p.m.
The Laramie Deputies, the JV team in the Laramie legion program, is part of the ‘B’ Legion baseball State Tournament in Sheridan today through Sunday.
Laramie went 19-12 in the regular season, but didn’t see most of the teams in the tournament field. The exceptions were Cheyenne Prep and Casper.
Deputies’ manager Kelly Steiner says, “They’re really excited. A lot of ‘em, maybe all of them, has won (a) state title or titles. You can tell they’re confident… I really think they’re confident we can go in there and win this thing. We’ll see.”
Laramie opens against Cody at 3:30 p.m. at Thorne Rider Stadium in Sheridan.
Steiner adds, “Cody, I would say they are a rival of ours. They beat us in Little League, when we were 12… It’ll be fun to play ‘em. It’ll be a challenge. I think they’ll be good.”
Other first round games have Gillette taking on the Sheridan All-Stars, Cheyenne versus Jackson and Sheridan against Casper.