JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — To the surprise of very few, the Little League District 26 Minors (ages 9-10) tournament championship will be settled between Burnet and Llano.
First pitch is 7 p.m. June 30 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, S. Water St. (U.S. 281).
Since Burnet does not have a loss yet, Llano has to win two games in a row to take the title. So the next contest, if necessary, is 7 p.m. July 1, also at the YMCA.
Llano fought its way back through the loser’s bracket, winning five elimination games to reach the championship. Llano beat Wimberley 13-9 on June 29 to qualify for the championship.
Burnet stayed in the winner’s bracket, capturing three victories, including a 19-3 win against Llano to start the tournament.
Tournament director Aaron James said he was not surprised to see these two teams battling for the crown.
“They both have great programs and local support,” he said. “I think it means that we will see great baseball for many years as these kids continue their baseball to high school.”
Meanwhile, the Burnet Juniors (age 14) are playing Hill Country at 7 p.m. June 30 in an elimination game.
Burnet lost to Fredericksburg 9-2 to begin the tournament in a contest filled with errors. Llano withdrew from the tournament.