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Nevada Yankees to host U.S. Open tourney this weekend

Staff reports

The Nevada Yankees will host the 1998 U.S. Open Baseball Tournament this weekend and next weekend at Lampe Park.

Sixteen teams will participate in the event. Eight teams, including the Yankees, will begin round-robin play Friday at Lampe. The other eight teams will start their portion of the tournament next Wednesday. Playoffs featuring the top two teams in each bracket and a championship game are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 16.

The tournament is being played for the 14th time. Keith Lowe started the event in Southern California. It has been held in Honolulu, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento before coming to the Carson Valley last summer.

Tournament director Joe Nosenzo said he and Lowe are considering making the Carson Valley the permanent home for the tournament.

“Teams we’ve had here in the past have really liked coming here,” Nosenzo said. “The caliber of the teams is good and it means something to the players to play in this tournament.”

Nosenzo, a Minden resident, is a part-time scout for the Seattle Mariners. Lowe, who lives in Gardnerville, is a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nosenzo said scouts from at least four or five other professional baseball teams will work the tournament.

The Nevada Yankees play their first game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the Chico Bandits. They play the Yuba City Rebels on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and finish round-robin play on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. against the Sparks Tribe.

Yankees coach Hal Wheeler said his team is looking forward to finishing the summer with a flurry.

“I’d like to end the season on a positive note,” said Wheeler, whose squad owns a 20-16 record – the worst record in the four-year history of the team. “We want to do the best we can in this tournament. When everybody’s there, it’s probably the best team we’ve had.”

1998 U.S. Open Baseball Tournament

Lampe Park

Friday, Aug. 7

9 a.m.

Tahoe Emeralds vs. International Baseball Academy

12:30 p.m.

Sacramento Athletics vs. San Francisco Angels

4 p.m.

Sparks Tribe vs. Yuba City Rebels

7:30 p.m.

Chico Bandits vs. Nevada Yankees

Saturday, Aug. 8

9 a.m.

International Baseball Academy vs. Sacramento Athletics

12:30 p.m.

San Francisco Angels vs. Tahoe Emeralds

4 p.m.

Sparks Tribe vs. Chico Bandits

7:30 p.m.

Yuba City Rebels vs. Nevada Yankees

Sunday, Aug. 9

9 a.m.

Chico Bandits vs. Yuba City Rebels

12:30 p.m.

International Baseball Academy vs. San Francisco Angels

4 p.m.

Sacramento Athletics vs. Tahoe Emeralds

7:30 p.m.

Nevada Yankees vs. Sparks Tribe

Wednesday, Aug. 12

4 p.m.

Wyoming Scouts vs. Burlingame Braves

7:30 p.m.

Seaside Bombers vs. Sacramento Sultans

Thursday, Aug. 13

12:30 p.m.

Burlingame Braves vs. Lake Havasu Heat

4 p.m.

Tara’s Rebels (Ogden) vs. Providence Wolverines

7:30 p.m.

Smithfield Blue Sox vs. Wyoming Scouts

Friday, Aug. 14

9 a.m.

Wyoming Scouts vs. Lake Havasu Heat

12:30 p.m.

Burlingame Braves vs. Smithfield Blue Sox

4 p.m.

Providence Wolverines vs. Sacramento Sultans

7:30 p.m.

Seaside Bombers vs. Tara’s Rebels (Ogden)

Saturday, Aug. 15

10 a.m.

Lake Havasu Heat vs. Smithfield Blue Sox

1:30 p.m.

Providence Wolverines vs. Seaside Bombers

5 p.m.

Sacramento Sultans vs. Tara’s Rebels (Ogden)

Sunday, Aug. 16

10 a.m.

Division Playoff

1:30 p.m.

Division Playoff

5 p.m.

Championship Game

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