GC Elite advances to Clanton semifinals

6/28/2014

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

The Garden City Elite American Legion Post No. 9 completed its Pool Play schedule with an unblemished 3-0 mark to advance to Sunday's semifinal of the Jim Clanton Memorial Baseball Tournament 19 & Under Division.

The Elite doesn't know its opponent for Sunday's 1 p.m. game, which will be played at Williams Stadium, as Saturday's schedule was pushed well behind the original timeline due to torrential rainfalls overnight Friday that forced tournament officials to reset the entire Saturday slate.

Williams Field was unplayable on Saturday, but by the end of the day, was ready for Sunday's final day of the 27th edition of the Clanton Memorial. Academy Field, just across Campus Drive from Williams, wasn't ready for play until 1 p.m. That left Clint Lightner Stadium, which just earlier this spring had artificial turf installed in the infield, thus preventing all three field from being unplayable.

The Elite won its second and third games on Saturday in Pool A, defeating the Goodland Outlaws late Friday, 9-5, and then defeating Hooker, Okla., 16-2, Saturday morning. By virtue of tiebreakers used to seed teams into Sunday's bracket play, the Elite got the No. 2 seed behind Lamar, Colo., which had yielded just three runs in three games to win the first tiebreak rule.

The championship game for the 19 & Under Division is set for 3 p.m. at Williams Stadium while the 16 & Under title game will be played at 3 p.m. at Clint Lightner Stadium. The 14 & Under division was playing a round-robin with the six teams.

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Thursday's Results

19 & UnderPool B

SW Kansas River Rats 24, Hugoton 4

14 & Under

SW Kansas Hitters 5, GC Royals 2

Friday's Results

19 & Under Division

Columbine, Colo. Elite 9, Ellis Legion 7

Hugoton 10, Butler County Cubs 5

Ellis Legion 6, Dodge City Sr. Rangers 5

Lamar, Colo. Warriors 4, Butler County Cubs 0

GC Elite 10, Cimarron 0 (4 innings)

Dodge City Sr. Rangers 10, Colby Sluggers 2

Hooker, Okla. Horny Toads 7, Cimarron 1

Lamar, Colo. Warriors 11, SW Kansas River Rats 1

Goodland Outlaws 10, Hooker, Okla. Horny Toads 5

Columbine, Colo. Elite 9, Colby Sluggers 6

GC Elite 9, Goodland Outlaws 5

16 & Under Division

Garden City Bombers 14, Minneola 13

Butler County Yankees 8, Widefield Gladiators 0

Butler County Cubs 13, Dodge City Jr. Rangers 2

Liberal Rattlers 7, Ulysses 6

14 & Under Division

Liberal Rattlers 25, Garden City 13s 10

Liberal Rattlers 11, Garden City Storm 3

Hugoton Jokers 16, GC Royals 4

SW Hitters 20, Garden City Storm 1

Hugoton Jokers 16, Garden City 13s 1

Saturday's Results

19 & Under Division

GC Elite 16, Hooker, Okla. Horny Toads 2

Goodland Outlaws 11, Cimarron 7

Butler County Cubs 14, SW Kansas River Rats 2

Lamar, Colo. 6, Hugoton 2

Ellis Legion 11, Colby 3

16 & Under Division

Liberal Rattlers 7, Dodge City Jr. Rangers 6

Butler County Cubs 4, Ulysses 3

Butler County Yankees 14, Minneola 2

Ulysses 7, Dodge City Jr. Rangers 3

Garden City Bombers 4, Widefield Gladiators 0

14 & Under Division

SW Hitters 17, Hugoton Jokers 5

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