FAIRFIELD — It’s going to be a busy week for the Fairfield Expos American Legion baseball team.
Starting today, the Expos host the annual Western Amateur Baseball Federation championships at Laurel Creek Park.
“We’re getting ready to go,” said Expos manager Brad Hanson, Tuesday before the Expos faced the Las Vegas Aces.
The Expos are coming off their second trip to Oregon this summer, and they’re hosting their first major tournament since falling to Lakewood in the Region 8 championship last August.
“We came back Sunday night and the team’s been working their tails off. The field looks real good,” Hanson said.
Among the 10 teams in the tournament, Las Vegas rolled into town Tuesday afternoon after facing the Expos over the weekend in the Southern Oregon Classic.
Hanson said the Aces are on a 27-day road trip.
“They’re really taxing themselves,” he said.
Yolo Post 77 and Lodi open play at 9 a.m., today, followed by Merced and Las Vegas.
Merced and Petaluma will go next and Petaluma will face Oroville after.
In the nightcap, the Expos take on Tucson, which was here last summer for the Region 8 tournament, at 8 p.m.
Hanson said his team is ready to go.
“Pitching, we’re making it work this year with what we’ve got,” he said. “We’ll set up our rotation and see how it flies.”
He said Tucson should provide a good challenge, as well as some familiar faces.
“Arizona is a good start for us, like in the regionals,” Hanson said.
Fairfield plays at 8 p.m., the first four days, facing Yolo Post 77, Thursday, Humboldt County, Friday, and Lodi Saturday.
The championship round is Sunday starting at 9 a.m., and the championship game is set for 6:30 p.m., Monday, unless either team is from 200-plus miles away. In that case the title matchup will be at 10 a.m.
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