Burnet White batter Ian Cantrell records a hit during the District 26 Little League Tournament in Burnet on June 24. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro
JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — The Bertram and Burnet White minors baseball teams are out, while Llano and Burnet Green remain in the District 26 Little League Tournament.
Burnet White lost to Brady 8-6, while Llano defeated Bertram 10-1 on June 24.
Llano and Brady play each other at 7 p.m. June 25. All games are at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 U.S. 281.
The loser will be eliminated from the tournament.
Burnet Green is in the winner’s bracket and will face Fredericksburg at 7 p.m. June 26.
Coaches for the Burnet White squad reminded their players that minimizing errors is important because of pitch count.
Little League rules monitor pitch count based on the number of days of rest.
“Most teams always have one or two pitchers,” tournament director Aaron James said. “Some teams have four or five. That’s the difference. You’re going to run out of pitchers at some point, and you’re going to be in trouble.”
The good news for Burnet White is that most of the players are 9 years old, which means they’ll return next season with a year of experience. Minors teams are made up of 9- and 10-year-olds.
In all, the Burnet minors team has 15 players who are 10 years old and nine who are 9 years old.
Aaron said he and Bertram Little League president Bobby Crawford share the same philosophy on their roles in their associations.
“We do a lot of things to incorporate the two leagues,” he said.
By the time the players are competing as juniors (14 years old), both associations will enter teams with a mix of players from Bertram and Burnet.