JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — The YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond is the site of two Little League District 26 Baseball tournaments.
The first is the 9- and 10-year-old Minors tournament from June 21 to July 1. The other is the 14-year-old Juniors event that begins June 28 and ends July 3.
“From what I understand, it’s been eight years since we’ve hosted anything,” tournaments director Aaron James said. “It’s been a long time for the local Little League board.”
The YMCA of the Highland Lakes is located at 1601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281).
Both tournaments are double-elimination, and the winners advance to the first round of the playoffs with the aim of reaching the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., in a few weeks.
In the Minors tournament, Burnet is entering two teams. Burnet White faces Johnson City on June 21 at 8 p.m. Burnet Green had a first-round bye and faces the winner of Llano and Hill Country, a squad consisting of players from Ingram, Harper and Center Point. Other teams include Kerrville, Bertram, Wimberley, Brady, Blanco and Fredericksburg.
The Junior tournament consists of teams from Burnet, Fredericksburg, Llano and Hill Country.
The Burnet Juniors team has a record of 18-1. Its only loss was to Wimberley.
“They’re doing very well,” James said.
Each team has at least 11 players. By Little League rules, each athlete has to play two different innings and have one at-bat.
Because of the number of players, James said he believes families of the players will stay in the area during the tournament, filling hotels, eateries and stores. In all, he believes at least 400 people will be visiting.
“The city (of Burnet) has been working with us to get the fields ready,” he said.
To host tournaments of this size, James said volunteers are needed to help with scoreboards, dragging fields, concessions, cleaning and other duties.
There is no admission, the director said, so the hope is a large number of fans will be in attendance.
“Players would love to see the community support them,” he said. “We’re playing at home. It’s not something we can always do.”