JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — The Bertram and both Burnet Little League baseball teams are still alive in the District 26 Minors tournament.
The tournament for teams made up of players ages 9-10 runs through July 1 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 U.S. 281. Another tournament for Juniors teams is June 28-July 3.
“I think we’re doing really well,” tournament director Aaron James said about the local squads.
Two teams, Hill Country and Blanco, were eliminated June 23 after losses to Kerrville and Johnson City.
Johnson City’s squad features plenty of 10-year-olds, James said, so their experience is a help.
Burnet White faces Brady, while Bertram takes on Llano. Both contests are 7 p.m. June 24 at the YMCA.
The losers will be eliminated from the tournament.
Burnet White lost to Fredericksburg 9-4 on June 22 to start the tournament. Fredericksburg took advantage of some free bases, James said.
“That made the score wider,” he said. “I feel really good about that. Most of those kids will be back next year. They’ll still be together.”
Llano defeated Hill Country 24-1 on June 21 to begin the tournament but lost to Burnet Green 19-3 on June 22.
Bertram lost to Kerrville 9-4 on June 21.
James said Bertram had a lead until the final inning but had to change pitchers because of innings pitched, according to Little League rules. He had already pitched five innings.
Burnet Green remains in the winner’s bracket and will face Fredericksburg at 7 p.m. June 26.
“The whole deal, when you play bracket baseball, is it’s all about the pitching,” James said. “The team with the most depth at pitching will usually win. Burnet Green has lots of skilled pitchers.”