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Legion Baseball: NLS, BOLD to play in DII state tourney

New London-Spicer second baseman Wyatt White fires the ball to first in a July 20 game against Glenwood/Lowry in the Legion Division II District 7 North Championship at Green Lake Diamond in Spicer. NLS and Green Lake Diamond are hosting the Division II state tournament this weekend. Jake Schultz / Tribune

Spicer's Green Lake Diamond will be host to the American Legion Division II State Baseball Tournament this weekend, and the nine team field includes the New London-Spicer and BOLD Mudhens teams.

NLS received an automatic berth as the tournament host and the BOLD Mudhens also are in the field.

Two of the six opening-day games on Friday will be played in Paynesville, with the remaining games on Friday, Saturday and the third-place and championship games on Sunday played at Green Lake Diamond.

Other teams in the nine-team field include: Pine Island; Springfield; Proctor; Caledonia; Pierz; Giantvalley; and Stephen-Argyle.

The teams begin with two days of pool play, with each team playing at least two games.

Pool A is Pine Island, Springfield and BOLD. Pool B is Proctor, Caledonia and Stephen-Argyle. Pool C is Giantvalley, Pierz and NLS.

The top four seeds move onto bracket play Saturday evening. The pool tiebreakers are decided by head-to-head record, fewest runs per innings played, fewest walks and hit batsmen per inning played and, finally, a coin flip.

On Friday, Pine Island plays Springfield at 10 a.m. in Paynesville, Proctor plays Caledonia at 11 a.m. in Spicer, Pierz plays Giantvalley at 12:15 p.m. in Paynesville, Caledonia plays Stephen-Argyle at 1:15 p.m. in Spicer, Springfield plays BOLD at 3:30 p.m. in Spicer, and Giantvalley plays NLS at 6:30 p.m. in Spicer.

All Saturday games are in Spicer, with BOLD playing Springfield at 9 a.m., Stephen-Argyle plays Proctor at 11:15 a.m. and NLS plays Pierz at 1 p.m.

Once seeds are decided, the No. 2 seed plays the No. 3 seed at 4 p.m. at Green Lake Diamond and the No. 1 seed and No. 4 seed play at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday in Spicer, the losing teams play a third-place game at 11 a.m. and the state championship game is 1:30 p.m.

The champion, runner-up and third-place teams will be honored following the championship game and the Rocky Wedin Sportsmanship Trophy and the Tony Sipe Outstanding Player Trophy also will be awarded.

The state champion moves onto the DII Regionals in Wahpeton, N.D.

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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