U.S. Open tourney set for August
The 1999 U.S. Open Baseball Tournament will make its third consecutive appearance at Lampe Park, starting next weekend.
Sixteen teams from all over the West will participate in the event. Eight teams, including the host Nevada Yankees, will begin round-robin play Friday, Aug. 6.
The Yankees open with a 7:30 p.m. contest against the Sacramento Athletics.
The second half of the tournament, featuring teams from Utah, Oregon, Wyoming and California, is scheduled to be played Aug. 11-14.
Two divisional playoff games will be played Sunday, Aug. 15, and will be followed by the championship game at 5 p.m.
Tara’s Rebels defeated the Nevada Yankees in the championship game last summer. The Rebels will try to defend their title.
The Yankees have another final outcome in mind.
“I hoping to win it,” Yankees manager Dennis Young said. “We want to win every time we go out there.
“We’re going to have to step it up a little before then. There’s going to be some good teams there.”
Young said Steve O’Brien likely will start the first game. Staff ace Matt Wheeler will get the ball in the second game against a tough International Baseball Academy. And Neil Dodkowski will start on the mound in the third game.
“Right now, I feel our pitching going into the tournament is pretty strong,” Young said. “We have three real good starters. It’s been our offense that’s been the question mark.
“We haven’t been able to score any runs for Wheeler, and that has to change.”
This summer marks the 15th playing of the U.S. Open. Keith Lowe started the event in Southern California. It was held in Honolulu, the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento before coming to the Carson Valley two summers ago.
Minden resident Joe Nosenzo, a scout with the Seattle Mariners, is serving as the tournament director.
Lowe, who lives in Gardnerville, is a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scouts from at least five other professional baseball teams worked the tournament last summer.