MAN — It’s late June and that means one thing for area baseball fans.
It’s the start of the Little League All-Star season.
The summertime tradition was scheduled to get under way at the Man Little League’s Tommy Keffer Field on Saturday as four games were set to be played in the District 2 7-8-year-old Coach Pitch Tournament.
The nine-team, round robin tournament is scheduled to be played all week and conclude with the District 2 championship game on Saturday, June 28.
The District 2 9-10-year-old and 11-12-year-old Little League all-star tournaments will then follow. This year’s 11-12 state tourney is slated to be played in Chapmanville next month.
The Coach Pitch tourney is divided into Pool A and Pool B.
Pool A has Logan County teams Man and Chapmanville, along with Pineville from Wyoming County and a pair of Mingo County squads — Tug Valley and Delbarton.
Pool B consists of four teams — Madison, Mullens, Welch and Sandy River.
The tournament was scheduled to begin on Saturday as Madison played Mullens, Tug Valley squared off with Pineville, Sandy River battled with Welch and host Man took on Delbarton. No scores were available as of presstime.
On Sunday, four more pool play games are on the slate as Chapmanville plays Tug Valley at noon, Madison takes on Welch at 2 p.m., Sandy River locks horns with Mullens at 4 and Man does battle with Pineville at 6.
The tournament is slated to continue on Monday as Chapmanville plays Pineville at 6 p.m. and Tug Valley does battle with Delbarton at 8.
On Tuesday, Delbarton plays Pineville at 6 p.m. and Welch squares off with Mullens at 8.
Next Wednesday, June 25, Chapmanville plays Delbarton at 6 p.m. and Man is matched up against Tug Valley at 8.
Pool play is set to conclude on Thursday, June 26. Madison plays Sandy River at 6 p.m. and Man takes on Chapmanville at 8 in the battle of Logan County all-star squads.
On Friday, June 27, the two semifinal games are scheduled to be played. At 6 p.m., the winner of Pool A plays the Pool B second place team. Then at 8 p.m., the Pool B winner is set to take on the Pool A runner-up.
The winners of the two semifinal round games then move on to play each other in the District 2 championship game at 7 p.m. on June 28.
All 19 games are scheduled to be played at the Man Little League field.