Trail AA Orioles AA American Legion squad hosts tourney at Butler Park
The Trail AA Orioles AA kicks off the season this weekend by hosting the Trail Invitational Baseball Tournament at Butler Park.
The Orioles play in a new division of the American Legion Baseball League against teams from Colville, Asotin, Mt. Spokane, Lewis and Clarke, Gonzaga Prep, Mead, Rogers and West Valley
“Last year we played to an 8-8 record in league play just out of the playoffs,” said manager Ron Mace.
Mace said the Trail AA Orioles play in the XBL men’s league in Trail to prepare for the season.
“This tournament is warm-up for us so to speak,” Mace explained. “Chewelah is a AAA team we are a double A team and of course the Trail Sr. Orioles area a the Senior Men’s team.”
The tournament opens Friday with the AA Orioles facing Chewelah at 7 p.m.
Saturday, games are at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday, the Orioles face Chewelah at 11 a.m. before closing out the tournament at 4 p.m. against Trail Sr. Orioles.
The Trail AA Orioles AA American Legion team consists of players from throughout the West Kootenay.
Four of the players — Austin Tambellini, Reese Tambellini, Casey Harrison, and Joel Aubert — are from Nelson with two — Nathan Soukeroff and Daniel Gangier — from Castlegar.
The rest of the team is from the Trail area.
The coaching staff includes Mace as manager, Dallas Calvin as outfield/hitting coach, Kyle Paulson as pitching coach and Kyle Mace, hitting/infield coach.