Nevada Yankees to host U.S. Open tourney this weekend
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
Friday, Aug. 7
Tahoe Emeralds vs. International Baseball Academy
Sacramento Athletics vs. San Francisco Angels
Sparks Tribe vs. Yuba City Rebels
Chico Bandits vs. Nevada Yankees
Saturday, Aug. 8
International Baseball Academy vs. Sacramento Athletics
San Francisco Angels vs. Tahoe Emeralds
Sparks Tribe vs. Chico Bandits
Yuba City Rebels vs. Nevada Yankees
Sunday, Aug. 9
Chico Bandits vs. Yuba City Rebels
International Baseball Academy vs. San Francisco Angels
Sacramento Athletics vs. Tahoe Emeralds
Nevada Yankees vs. Sparks Tribe
Wednesday, Aug. 12
Wyoming Scouts vs. Burlingame Braves
Seaside Bombers vs. Sacramento Sultans
Thursday, Aug. 13
Burlingame Braves vs. Lake Havasu Heat
Tara’s Rebels (Ogden) vs. Providence Wolverines
Smithfield Blue Sox vs. Wyoming Scouts
Friday, Aug. 14
Wyoming Scouts vs. Lake Havasu Heat
Burlingame Braves vs. Smithfield Blue Sox
Providence Wolverines vs. Sacramento Sultans
Seaside Bombers vs. Tara’s Rebels (Ogden)
Saturday, Aug. 15
Lake Havasu Heat vs. Smithfield Blue Sox
Providence Wolverines vs. Seaside Bombers
Sacramento Sultans vs. Tara’s Rebels (Ogden)
Sunday, Aug. 16
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