Football may be right around the corner, but there is still a chance this week to get your baseball fix at a local diamond.

The American Legion Western Regional, in fact, will likely present some well-rounded teams when it gets going Wednesday at Scott Carpenter Park in Boulder. State champions from Colorado, six other states and host Boulder Post 10 will play a season ending tournament with the winner advancing to the American Legion World Series.

This marks the second and final year of Boulder's two-year bid to host the event, and last year the team from Hawaii earned the title of regional champion. Other states represented include Utah, Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada.

The double-elimination format begins with Utah vs. Arizona at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, while host Boulder will play the New Mexico champion at 7 p.m. in what will be preceded by the official opening ceremony.

The tournament continues Thursday at 9 a.m., and at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday when the champion will be crowned.

There will be a minimal admission for each full day, and Diamond Baseball of Boulder will be holding a fundraiser during Wednesday night's contest featuring a meal deal from Pasta Jay's.

Of note, Rocky Mountain will be representing Colorado as the state champion. The Lobos will first take the field Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. against the team representing Hawaii.


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