It is time for all-star baseball for the Laramie Youth Baseball. The Junior-Senior all-stars begin action on Wednesday at the Wyoming Little League Baseball Seniors State Tournament in Mountain View, WY. They start with two pool play games and then shift to a seven-team, single-elimination bracket on Friday and Saturday.

Laramie has 12 players from its league that have come together to compete over the next four days. Eric Zimmerman is the manager and is assisted by Mike Gonzalez and Ron Enokson.

The players are Josiah Bateman, Cody Elliot, Isaac Gonzalez, David Guinn, Wesley Holbert, Liam Lotzer, Andreas Lujan, Andrew McKinney, Beau Schmalz, Jackson Scott, Jeter Tinney, and Cole Zimmerman.

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Coach Zimmerman said they’ve gone through a crash course to prepare for the tournament.

“We went through the basics, the best we could, as soon as we got together as a team. We did a lot of team defense and are trying to make it work. Luckily, these kids have played quite a bit, but this is their first time playing together as a team, and so it was just working in those team defensive practices and getting them used to playing with each other.”

KOWB’s David Settle spoke with Andrew McKinney and David Guinn to get their thoughts on the team and looking ahead to the state tournament.

Zimmerman added that the key for them will be to control what we can control.

“That’s pitch counts, opportunities for kids, making sure we don’t overwork kids in situations, and then, just hope for the best. I feel like they’ll go out there (to the state tournament) and have their best opportunity to play their best game, but I’m more worried about what we’re going to do for them and making sure we get the right kids in the right spots without making the bad plays or the bad calls as managers.”

Laramie starts pool play against Rawlins at noon, today. They will play Kemmerer at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The seven teams will be seeded into the bracket based on won-loss record, head-to-head matchup results, and runs-allowed ratio. The other teams in the tournament are Bridger Valley, Douglas, Pinedale, and Rock Springs.

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