|Regional baseball tourney coming|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
In one month, Holyoke will host the Midwest Plains Regional 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball tournament.
Set for Aug. 4-9, the tournament will feature nine teams including state winners from Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota; a Canadian team representative and Border League All-Stars from this area.
Hosting the regional tournament gives Border League the benefit of placing a team in the tournament bracket.
This is a qualifying tournament, as the winner of the Midwest Plains Regional will advance to the Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown, N.Y.
Tournament director Tom Bennett, who has been planning for this event for some time, is looking forward to the opportunity for Holyoke to showcase its ball field and community in general.
Community members are encouraged to watch some high-level baseball during the tournament.
Opening ceremonies should be of interest to the local crowd, scheduled at the ball field Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Border League will play the Iowa state champs in the 7:45 p.m. game that evening.
During the rest of the week, games are scheduled in the double-elimination tourney on Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday, Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.
Border League’s All-Star tournament team includes Trevor Dalton, Logan Tharp, Tanner Smith and Zach Roll of Holyoke; Luke George, Vincent Hernandez and Alec Ellis of Wray; Jake Gerk, Greg Chapdelaine and Rece Coffin of Haxtun; and Chase Dunker and Tristan Lanckriet of Sedgwick County.
Alan Coffin of Haxtun is the Border League head coach, assisted by Kyle Bules of Holyoke and John Chapdelaine of Haxtun.
Housing for visitors needed in Holyoke
Participating team members will be housed in homes in the community as part of the tournament program.
Theresa Tharp and Marcia Dalton are coordinating the housing details and have appreciated those who have volunteered to host players.
More homes are needed, and they would like to get that lined up as soon as possible.
Community members interested in hosting ball players may call Tharp at 854-4514 or Dalton at 854-2105.
Holyoke Enterprise July 7, 2011