ET Baseball: Ranger Youth tournament on tap for weekend
From Staff Reports
July 12, 2017 at 10:01 p.m.
Players representing 33 baseball teams from across the state will be arriving in Longview Friday with the hopes of leaving town the next week as state champions.
These teams will participate in the Ranger Youth Baseball "Texas Series," a state tournament for 14-Under baseball players Saturday through Wednesday at Longview's Lear Park.
The tournament features three divisions: 14-Under Division 1, 14-Under Division 2 and 13-Under. The breakdown has 16 teams competing in 14-Under Division 1, 10 in 14-Under Division 2 and seven squads battling for the 13-Under title.
These teams came from among 70 leagues which played this seventh season in the Ranger Youth Baseball organization for 14-Under baseball players. Charles Williams served as the State Chairman and tournament director for several years. Assuming those duties is Bruce Selph, State Chairman, and Assistant State Chairman Allen Reed. Wesley Edge is the local chairman for Longview Boys Baseball, which is joining forces with the City of Longview Parks and Recreation Dept. to host the double-elimination affair.
Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at Lear Park with opening ceremonies. The participating teams will be recognized during the ceremonies and then dinner served. Local officials are offering a variety of baseball-related contests like long-ball hitting, base running and around-the-horn throwing.
Tournament play gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday in the two 14-Under divisions and the 13-Under group. The double-elimination tournament continues Sunday and Monday, with the 13-Under championship game slated for Tuesday and both 14-Under title contests taking place Wednesday.
The 14-Under Division 1 teams include Nacogdoches, Texarkana, Paris, Van, East Montgomery County, Pittsburg, Tarkington, Hudson, Palestine, Melissa, Canton, Mount Pleasant, Kilgore, Hallsville, Gilmer and host Longview.
The 14-Under Division 2 teams consist of Bonham, Daingerfield, Bells, Malakoff, Lamar County, DeKalb, Hawkins, Hemphill, Gladewater and Fannin County.
The 13-Under Division squads are Spring Hill, Athens, Hudson, Sanger, Paris, Nacogdoches and host Longview.
The championship games either Tuesday (13-U) or Wednesday (14-U D-1/14-U D-2) begin at 5:30 p.m., with another game to follow, if necessary.
Ranger Youth Baseball was started and is run by the State Chairman and eight district directors from all parts of Texas.