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Another talented Westcott lineup

The local weather forecast is for sun Thursday through Saturday. That's probably wrong, because those are the dates of Casa Grande High School's annual Adam Westcott Memorial Baseball Tournament and it always rains during the Westcott Tournament. It always rains, and the rain always fails to dampen the enthusiasm for one of the most competitive baseball tournaments of the spring.

This year's field includes three top teams from the North Bay League and two potential powers from the Sonoma County League, along with a very good Eureka team.

Participating from the North Bay League are Maria Carrillo, Cardinal Newman and the host Gauchos. Maria Carrillo's Pumas are 5-2 on the season, with their only losses to Palo Alto, 2-1, and Rancho Cotate, 5-1. Cardinal Newman's Cardinals are just 3-4 on the season, but two of their wins came during a three-game trip to Arizona, where they took on some of that state's top teams. Casa Grande's Gauchos are off to a strong start with a 6-1 record that includes impressive wins over East Bay powers Campolindo, 9-3, and Livermore, 8-5.

Sonoma Valley and Healdsburg will participate from the Sonoma County League. Sonoma Valley's Dragons are the defending SCL champions, and are off to another strong start, winning seven of their first nine games. The Dragons have waded through the Marin County Athletic League, defeating San Marin, 13-0; Novato, 4-2; and Terra Linda, 10-0, while losing to Drake, 2-0. They have beaten tournament participant Eureka, 7-3, but lost to Maria Carrillo, 3-1. Healdsburg's Greyhounds are 2-2 in limited action, with wins over Middletown, 10-3, and Kelseyville, 2-0.

Eureka comes south with a solid 4-2 record.

In opening-round games on Thursday, Sonoma Valley plays Healdsburg at 1 p.m. and comes back against Eureka at 4 p.m. Maria Carrillo takes on Cardinal Newman at 4 p.m.

Casa Grande doesn't make its tournament debut until Friday, but gets no bargain once it does get started, playing Maria Carrillo at 10 a.m. and Cardinal Newman at 4 p.m. Also on Friday, Healdsburg faces Eureka at 1 p.m.

Saturday there will be games a 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., leading up to the championship game at 4 p.m.

The tournament is named in honor of former Casa Grande star Adam Westcott and his love of the game. Westcott was a sophomore at Casa when he died in a car accident in 1997. He was the first freshman ever to play varsity baseball at Casa Grande. People who knew Westcott believe that, with the right breaks, he could have reached the same level as his friend and teammate Jonny Gomes, now playing with the Boston Red Sox.

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