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Yankees set to open amateur baseball season Saturday

by Chuck Smock

The Nevada Yankees amateur baseball team will open its 2000 summer season with a home game against the Tahoe Emeralds on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Lampe Park.

On Sunday, the Yankees will travel to South Lake Tahoe for a rematch with the Emeralds at 6 p.m.

The Yankees’ roster will be made up primarily of recent local high school graduates who are playing baseball in college.

Several former Douglas High players, including Brady Ovard, Beau Kruger, Joel Kruger and Bryan Estes, are expected to return from last summer’s team.

Dennis Young is entering his second summer as the head coach of the Yankees. He will be assisted by Gary Cook and Ron Cauley.

The Yankees will be playing in the California-based Stan Musial League, which includes teams from Sacramento, San Mateo, Vacaville and Burlingame.

“The main thing is just to keep some of these college kids playing though the summer,” Young said. “We want to keep them playing so they stay sharp and improve their skills.

“We’re going to be playing some really good teams. The schedule is going to be pretty decent and hopefully we can do better than we did last year.”

The Yankees finished the 1999 season with a 15-19 record.

Kyle Baker, who will graduate from DHS next month, and Shane Cauley, who started for the Douglas varsity at shortstop as a sophomore this spring, will also play for the Yankees.

The Yankees will play more than 40 games this summer. They’ll travel to Salinas, Calif., Oregon and Sacramento in June. And they’re scheduled to play 17 consecutive home games at Lampe in the first three weeks of July.

Mark Smith, of Les Schwab Tire Center in Gardnerville, and Metcalf Builders, Inc. in Carson City, both are sponsoring the Yankees this season.