Redbirds hosting annual Gjerde Tournament this week

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

The Lewistown Redbirds welcome teams from Canada, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana for the 29th annual Harold Gjerde Memorial Tournament, which begins this Thursday at Ryan Sparks Field at Symmes Park. Action begins at 10 a.m. Thursday when the Glasgow Reds face the Tri-County Cardinals. A total of five games will be played on Thursday with the final contest slated for 8 p.m. That game is a matchup between the hometown Redbirds and the Dickinson Roughriders. Action will continue with five more games on Friday, five more on Saturday and conclude with five contests on Sunday. 

The first three days of play will be in a round-robin format. The eight teams competing at the tournament were placed into two divisions. In the Red division are Gillette, Glasgow, Lethbridge and Lewistown, while the Billings Angels, Dickinson, Gallatin Valley and Tri-County are in the White division. 

On Sunday after a 9 a.m. contest between the Lethbridge Giants and the Gillette Rustlers, four games will follow with the No. 4 seeds from both divisions facing off at 11:30 a.m., followed by the No. 3 seeds at 2 p.m., the No. 2 seeds at 4:30 p.m. The tournament concludes with the final championship contest at 7 p.m. with the No. 1 seeds playing.

All games in the tournament will be seven innings in length, unless the 10-run mercy rule comes into effect after five innings. There is no time limit for games. The contests will be completed in their entirety throughout the tournament.

There is an admission charge for the tournament.

Following is the complete schedule for the tournament.


Thursday, June 16

Game 1: (10 a.m.) Glasgow Reds vs. Tri-County Cardinals

Game 2: (12:30 p.m.) Billings Angels vs. Tri-County Cardinals

Game 3: (3 p.m.) Billings Angels vs. Gallatin Valley Outlaws

Game 4: (5:30 p.m.) Gillette Rustlers vs. Glasgow Reds

Game 5: (8 p.m.) Lewistown Redbirds vs. Dickinson Roughriders

Friday, June 17

Game 6: (10 a.m.) Dickinson Roughriders vs. Tri-County Cardinals

Game 7: (12:30 p.m.) Dickinson Roughriders vs. Gallatin Valley Outlaws

Game 8 (3 p.m.) Glasgow Reds vs. Lethbridge Giants

Game 9 (5:30 p.m.) Lewistown Redbirds vs. Lethbridge Giants

Game 10: (8 p.m.) Lewistown Redbirds vs. Gillette Rustlers

Saturday, June 18

Game 11: (10 a.m.) Gallatin Valley Outlaws vs. Lethbridge Giants

Game 12: (12:30 p.m.) Gillette Rustlers vs. Billings Angels

Game 13: (3 p.m.) Dickinson Roughriders vs. Billings Angels

Game 14: (5:30 p.m.) Gallatin Valley Outlaws vs. Tri-County Cardinals

Game 15: (8 p.m.) Lewistown Redbirds vs. Glasgow Reds

Sunday, June 19

Game 16: (9 a.m.) Lethbridge Giants vs. Gillette Rustlers

Game 17: (11:30 a.m.) #4 seed Red division vs. #4 seed White division

Game 18: (2 p.m.) #3 seed Red division vs. #3 seed White division

Game 19: (4:30 p.m.) #2 seed Red division vs. #2 seed White division

Game 20: (7 p.m.) #1 seed Red division vs. #1 seed White division




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