Teams return to Mitch Stadium
HUNTINGTON -- One of the nation's premier tournaments for 9-10-year-old Little League all-stars is once again set to descend on the towns of Ceredo and Kenova this weekend.
The prestigious Tournament of State Champions comes to Mitch Stadium on the Ceredo-Kenova line, starting with Friday's Opening ceremonies at the field and Dreamland Pool.
This year's installment of the tournament will be the ninth annual Tournament of State Champions with each having taken place in the Tri-State area.
When ceremonies commence at 5 p.m. on Friday, teams will be introduced on the field by each of the eight states represented.
During the ceremony, teams and coaches will take a lap around Mitch Stadium before heading to the infield where tournament gifts will be presented to those present.
A live rendition of the national anthem will precede interactive games for the teams and fans. The fun will be followed by former Major League Baseball player Doug Flynn, who has frequented the tournament in years past.
Flynn played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, most notably as a part of the Big Red Machine with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and as a Gold Glove-winning second baseman with the New York Mets in 1980.
Following Flynn's speech, the teams will be escorted around the towns of Ceredo and Kenova in a parade that ends down at Dreamland Pool in Kenova, where the teams will take part in a cookout and pool party.
The states represented at the tournament include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, who will be represented by Bridgeport Little League.
Following Friday evening's opening ceremony, action gets underway on Saturday morning with the first game of the tournament, which pits Wilson City (N.C.) against Irmo (S.C.) at 11 a.m.
Bridgeport will open its tournament play at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Goodlettsville (Tenn.).
Pool play continues through Monday afternoon with the top four teams advancing to Tuesday's semifinals. The championship is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday evening.