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Mitch Stadium to host tournament of state champions

Jul. 29, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

CEREDO-KENOVA -- Charleston Central carries the West Virginia state championship banner into the Little League Baseball age 9-10 Tournament of State Champions at Mitch Stadium.

Eight state champions will each play three games against random opponents during three days of pool play that begins Saturday. At the conclusion of Monday's pool play round, the top four teams plus any other team with a winning record (2-1 or better) will advance to the single-elimination bracket round. Teams will be seeded based on Little League procedures.

All games of the tournament will be streamed live on the internet with play-by-play and color commentary by the Mitch Stadium Production Network at www.mitchstadium.com.

Admission is free. Mitch Stadium has grandstand seating for 500 spectators and a lawn chair pavilion that is handicap accessible.

Tournament activities begin Friday with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m., followed by the tournament clinic at 5:30 p.m. with former major league player Doug Flynn, a "Big Red Machine" infielder when the Cincinnati Reds won World Series championships in 1975 and 1976.

The annual tournament parade begins at 6 p.m., Friday, from Mitch Stadium to Dreamland Pool where players, coaches and fans are invited to a welcome cookout.

Sunday's 3 p.m. game between South Carolina and West Virginia is designated as a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donations to St. Jude can be made at www.mitchstadiumcom.

Florida and South Carolina play in the Hometown Heroes Game at 1 p.m., Monday, a tribute to police officers, firefighters, veterans and anyone serviing in the Armed Forces.

The All-District Game at 4 p.m., Wednesday, features 28 of the top age 9-10 players from West Virginia District 1.