First pitch at 6 p.m. today
Tournament baseball is coming to Baytown.
Beginning today, the Baytown Teenage Baseball Association along with NASA Pony will host the South Zone Coast Region-Houston sectional tournament.
The tournament is a 14U field.
It is the first time the association has played host to the tournament in Baytown.
Baytown, Crosby, Pasadena, Kyle Chapman and Deer Park will be represented as play begins at 6 p.m. when the double-elimination tournament begins at Jenkins Park.
Baytown opens its tournament run Saturday at 10 a.m. against the winner of Kyle Chapman and Deer Park, which will be played Friday at 8 p.m.
The winner will head to the Region Tournament on July 12-14 at the NASA Pony fields.
“I am just pleased we were finally granted to host a tournament,” BTBA president Laura Wamble said. “I have been asking for several years, we are going to do our best to make Baytown proud of our league.
“We have gotten the support from the city parks department and appreciate them for all their help on some issues.”
With the weather being unpredictable this time of year, the hope is that no contingency plan is needed in the face of inclement conditions.
“We will have drying agent to place down if we get a normal rain which will dry it out, plus league will have workers to help on field,” Wamble said.
The team and its coaching staff is relishing this opportunity.
“It’s a great opportunity for the town of Baytown to host and show what it has to offer,” Baytown manager John Ward said. “I think they are thrilled to be playing at home after years they always traveled. I don’t know what can be bigger than playing in a tournament this size?”
Ward’s teams went 2-2 in a tournament warm up at Deer Park last year and he feels good about the club as the tournament begins. The only team they played at that tournament, Deer Park, they split two games against.
Ward feels good about his team and its ability to compete and work as a strong unit.
“They are about the team and not themselves,” Ward said of his players. “They work well together and are a very uplifting team. They are about hard work and you never hear them complain about anything.”
Game 1: Crosby vs. Pasadena, 6, Friday
Game 2: Kyle Chapman vs. Deer Park, 8, Friday
Game 3: Baytown vs. Game 2 winner, 10 a.m., Saturday
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 12, Saturday
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 2 Saturday
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4, Saturday
Game 7: Game 6 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 10 a.m., Sunday
Game 8: Championship – Game 7 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 12, Sunday
Game 9: Championship if necessary, 7 p.m., Monday