Zephyrs looking to keep momentum going into Scottsbluff Screenprinting Wood Bat tourney

WESTCO’s Creighton Dike watches the flight of his two-run triple in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Chadron Nationals. The Zephyrs won 8-4 and will host the Scottsbluff Screen Printing Wood Bat tournament this weekend. 

It’s been an up and down week for the WESTCO Zephyrs senior legion baseball team. The Zephyrs went 4-3 over the last seven games with big wins over the Billings (Montana) Halos and the Rapid City Post 320 stars at the Hladky Tournament in Gillette, Wyoming, last weekend.

But with every big win came a loss. WESTCO suffered losses to Gillette and Greeley, Colorado, at the tournament before dropping an extra-inning loss to Alliance on Tuesday.

As the attention shifts toward the weekend and the back half of the season, the Zephyrs are hoping to build positive momentum heading into the weekend. WESTCO earned an 8-4 win over Chadron late Wednesday night to get back on track before hosting the Scottsbluff Screenprinting Wood Bat tournament over the weekend.

Head coach Jeremiah Luber said that the Zephyrs are hoping to build off things that have been working well to this point in the season and work on fixing other aspects of their game.

“We’ve really been pitching well, that’s really been a strong point for our team so far and we’re excited about that,” Luber said. “We’re excited to just play some more games. We’ve got some things that we need to clean up, offensively and defensively and the best way to do that is to just get out there and keep playing.”

The Zephyrs open the wood bat tourney with back-to-back games on Friday at Cleveland Field. WESTCO will play the Rapid City Post 320 Shooters at 5 p.m. and turn around to play Sidney at 7:30 p.m. The three teams make up Pool A. Pool B includes the Casper Crush; Fort Morgan, Colorado; and the Buckley Bombers.

Games continue on Saturday with more pool play and the tournament will conclude on Sunday with the championship.

Luber said he is excited to have good competition at the tournament but the Zephyrs main focus for the weekend will be on themselves.

“A lot of it for this weekend is focusing on ourselves,” Luber said. “We have to do everything we can to score runs on offense and executing, as well as making plays on defense and continue to pitch well. We’re excited to see the teams that we have in here this weekend.”

The Buckley Bombers will play Casper in Friday’s first matchup, at 2:30 p.m.

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