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Laurel's Carson West, pictured in a file photo from action at the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament this year, earned the win as the Dodgers defeated the Cody Cubs 7-3 on Sunday. 

CODY, Wyo. — Carson West threw six innings to earn the win and singled and scored two runs to help his own cause in leading the Laurel Dodgers past the Cody Cubs 7-3 at the Cody Lions Club Legion baseball tourney here Sunday.

The Dodgers and Cody both came into the game with one loss in the round-robin tourney and Laurel earned the championship with the win. Laurel compiled a tourney-best 3-1 won-loss record. Action started on Friday and the Dodgers beat the Laramie Rangers 5-3 in their first game and downed the Cubs 8-3 on Saturday. The Gallatin Valley Outlaws did defeat Laurel 13-5 on Saturday.

"We had one little down game," Laurel coach Doug Studiner told "Gallatin Valley got us. We didn't play real well. We refocused. We pitched good on the bump. We played outstanding defense. We had good pitching, good defense and timely hitting and that's what won us the tournament."

Overall, the Dodgers are now 29-11. Laurel's Eastern A mark is 13-1. 

Braden McIlvain batted 2-4, including a double, for Laurel with a run and an RBI. Cameron Schriver tripled, drove in two and scored a run. Deklan Harper was 2-4 with a double and a single. 

West allowed five hits and two earned runs. He fanned five and walked two. Cash Golden relieved and recorded the final three outs on strikeouts. He gave up one hit and walked a batter as Cody scored one run in the seventh. 

Keegan Brown, Jared Grenz and Hayden Bronnenberg all had RBIs for the Cubs.

Studiner said the Dodgers are using each and every opportunity to prepare for a strong showing at the Eastern A tourney July 26-29 in Glendive. The State A tourney is tourney is Aug. 1-5 in Miles City.

"Last year we got knocked out of the District tournament," Studiner said. "It was the first time we hadn't gone to state in over a decade. We've used this year to refocus and get back to the state tournament. Wins like this help prepare us for that."

Laurel will take a short break for the Fourth of July holiday and resumes play July 6-7 by hosting a pair of conference doubleheaders at Thomson Park. On Friday, Laurel will host Richland County beginning at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Dodgers entertain Glendive starting at 1 p.m. 

After another doubleheader on July 9 in Laurel vs. the Sheridan (Wyo.) Troopers, the Dodgers will travel to Glendive on July 11 for a doubleheader. They then begin play on July 13 at the Gopher Classic in Minneapolis.

"It's a 96-team American Legion tournament," Studiner said. "We've never taken the players there and are really looking forward to it. It will be a good challenge for us. There are some good baseball players out there. It will help prepare us for districts and the state tournament. We are really excited for that."

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