West earns honors, district championship

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Courtesy photo

Top photo: Columbus kids Colton Ludwig (left) and Carson West (right) hold the district championship trophy.

Photo by All Out Photography

Left photo: Columbus’ Carson West.

Columbus senior Carson West has once again been recognized for his excellence on the baseball diamond.

For the second year in a row, he received all-conference and all-state honors for his hard work with the Laurel Dodgers.

West and classmate Colton Ludwig were the two representatives from Columbus on the Dodgers this season. The two helped propel the team to a district championship and make a run during the state tournament.

DISTRICT TOURNAMENT

The last weekend of July, the Dodgers played in the Eastern A district tournament in Glendive. Laurel entered the tourney as the number one seed after finishing the regular season with an 18-3 conference record, good for the conference title.

In the first round, the Dodgers beat the Billings Cardinals 6-2. West contributed two of the team’s nine hits and drove in several RBIs.

The next game was another Laurel victory – the Dodgers beat the hometown Glendive Blue Devils 8-4.

West carried Laurel to a district championship from the mound on the final day of the tournament. He pitched seven innings, allowing only five hits and one run, while striking out six and walking one. The Dodgers beat the Glendive Blue Devils again in the championship, this time 6-1.

With the district championship victory, Laurel earned a berth in the State A tournament held in Miles City last weekend.

STATE TOURNAMENT

The Dodgers suffered a tough 15-6 first round loss to Gallatin Valley on the first day of the tournament. This put Laurel into a perpetual loser-out situation for the remainder of the tournament.

The next two days the Dodgers fought back, racking up a 14-3 win over Tri-County last Thursday, and an 11-2 victory over Belgrade on Friday.

Laurel’s comeback was cut short in the semi-final game last Saturday, though, with a 10-9 loss to the Glacier Twins. The loss ended the Dodgers’ season, and Glacier advanced to win the tournament.

For the season, Laurel put up a 47-17 overall record, going 21-3 in conference play.

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