It’s been a slow, challenging and sporadic start to the season for the Gallatin Valley Outlaws.
With weather cancellations and various high school graduations, veteran Outlaws coach Duwayne Scott noted its been difficult to build consistency. He expects that to change beginning this weekend when the team hosts the 20th Annual Imerys Memorial Tournament.
“I’m just excited that we can play more than one game a week. It’s kind of been a battle with all these high school graduations and not getting into a rhythm,” he said. “We have some pitchers that haven’t even thrown 10 innings yet this year because of weather and just the way the schedule played out in May. Hopefully now we’ll be able to get into a little bit of rhythm and gets some at-bats and start looking better at the plate.”
Following a conference split against Belgrade on Tuesday, the Outlaws take a 7-9 record into the tournament. Gallatin Valley opens with Lewistown on Thursday, and then will play Cody, Wyo., the Bitterroot Red Sox, Emmanuel Halos and Dillon Cubs over the weekend.
Scott noted that Lewistown has already exceeded expectations.
“Nobody thought they’d be very good this year, but they turned out to be OK,” he said. “They got a couple guys that weren’t going to come out come out. We beat them up and then they beat us up when we played them earlier. And I think Dillon’s better this year too. I think the competition will be good.”
The tournament is the first of four for the Outlaws in June as the team will play 25 games over the next four weeks.
20th Annual Imery’s Memorial Tournament
Lewistown vs. Gallatin Valley, 6 p.m.
Dillon vs. Lewistown, 9 a.m.
Dillon vs. Emmanuel Halos, 11:15 a.m.
Bitterroot vs. Emmanuel, 1:30 p.m.
Bitterroot vs. Cody, Wyo., 3:45 p.m.
Cody, Wyo. vs. Gallatin Valley, 6 p.m.
Cody, Wyo. vs. Lewistown, 9 a.m.
Cody, Wyo. vs. Dillon, 11:15 a.m.
Bitterroot vs. Dillon, 1:30 p.m.
Bitterroot vs. Gallatin Valley, 3:45 p.m.
Emmanuel vs. Gallatin Valley, 6 p.m.
Emmanuel vs. Cody, Wyo., 9 a.m.
Emmanuel vs. Lewistown, 11:15 a.m.
Bitterroot vs. Lewistown, 1:30 p.m.
Dillon vs. Gallatin Valley, 3:45 p.m.