Little League tournaments begin Tuesday

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Grand Mesa catcher Stephan Douglas stretches for the throw only to bobble the catch as Platte Canyon’s Ty Bently slides into home to score in the top of the third inning of the senior boys game at Grand Mesa Little League’s Files Field in this July 24, 2010 photo. There will be six Little League tournaments at sites around the Grand Valley, starting Tuesday with the senior girls and junior boys.

Traditions around the Fourth of July include hot dog-eating contests, fireworks and Little League baseball.

This year’s District 1 Little League baseball tournaments begin Tuesday and run through July 16 with seven tournaments, including six in the Grand Valley.

The 9-10-year-old A tournament is in Cortez and features Fruita, Orchard Mesa, Monument and host Cortez. The tournament beings Friday

Also starting Tuesday are the Junior boys and Senior girls tournaments, both at Fruita Little League.

The Junior boys game between Palisade and Orchard Mesa is the first Little League game, starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The other five tournaments begin Friday, including the Major boys. There are nine teams competing in the 11-12 year-old major division. Palisade is hosting the tournament and playing Fruita at 5:30 p.m. on the first day.

The winner of the Major tournament — the championship game is July 15 — advances to the Colorado state tournament at Cherry Creek Little League on July 21. The winner of the state tournament moves on to the Southwestern Regional Tournament in Waco, Texas, on August 5.

The winner of the regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., on August 18.

No Grand Valley team has been to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

Right behind the Major bracket in size is the boys 9-10 B tournament at Monument Little League. The games begin Friday for the nine-team bracket.

The 10-11 year-old boys tournament is at Grand Mesa Little League, with games beginning for the six teams Friday.

The Senior boys tournament has three teams with Monument, the host, and Grand Mesa playing Saturday. The winner advances to face Orchard Mesa at 11 a.m. on July 10.

The Senior boys District 1 winner moves on to the state tournament at Cherry Creek Little League on July 21.

There are only two girls tournaments with a 9-10 year old bracket joining the Major girls. The 9-10 girls will play at Grand Mesa and begins Friday with Orchard Mesa and Fruita at 7 p.m.

All the games in the Major division and lower are scheduled for six innings. The Junior and Senior levels play seven innings.

All District 1 tournaments advance to a state tournament except the 9-10 boys B division.

The only state tournament on the Western Slope is the 9-10 girls.


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