Local all-stars preparing to defend home diamond

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TORRINGTON – The Torrington All-Star Little League teams are gearing up for this year’s district tournament, which will be in Torrington for the first time since 2013.
In the 9-10-year-old division, Laramie, Gillette National and Gillette American join Torrington. With four teams, Monday through Wednesday is a round robin set up, with each possible match up occurring. The first three days of action for Torrington comes against Laramie (Monday, 7 p.m.), Gillette American (Tuesday, 4 p.m.) and Gillette National (Wednesday, 7 p.m.).
The round robin tournament decides the seeding for the bracket to be played out Thursday and Friday. The team with the best record plays the team with the worst record in the first round Thursday, while the middle two teams play each other. The winner of both games Thursday meet on Friday for the championship, with the two losers squaring off for third place.
In the 11-12-year-old division, Rawlins, Gillette, Laramie and Newcastle all have teams in the running for the district championship. With five teams, there is a double-elimination tournament set up.
Torrington’s first game comes against Laramie at 7 p.m. Monday. With a win, the home team takes on Newcastle, who has a first-round bye, at 4 p.m. Tuesday. A loss drops Torrington to the lower bracket, where they would play the loser of the other first-round game. The championship game is slated for 10 a.m. Friday. If the loser of the championship game only has one loss, the finals will be played again at 1 p.m., with the winner taking all.
In last year’s district tournament in Laramie, Gillette American and Gillette National took the top-two spots in the 9-10-year-old division, while Laramie and Gillette finished first and second in the older bracket.
A berth to the state tournament is on the line. The top two teams from both age divisions advance to compete for a state title. Laramie is set to host the state tournament on July 26-29.

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