If your town has a Little League baseball all-star team in the upcoming West Virginia District 2 Tournament at Pineville you’ve got a good chance of making it to the state tourney.
It’s a two-out-of-five chance to be exact.
That’s because there’s just five teams in the tournament — Man, Chapmanville, Madison, Welch and host Pineville — and two of those teams (the district champion and runner-up) will qualify for the state tourney, which is set to begin on July 20 at Martinsburg.
In years past District 2 was split into four area tourneys before district play was to begin.
Sixteen or more teams used to be in the all-star field.
But with less team participation, action in other sports and some leagues consolidating and getting out of its Little League charter all together, what’s left this summer is just five teams.
The 11-12-year-old tourney is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 7 as Welch plays Madison at 2 p.m. at the Pineville Little League Field. County rivals Man and Chapmanville then meet at 4 p.m. Both Man and Chapmanville advanced to the 11-12 state tourney last year with Man topping Chapmanville at state with a forfeit win.
The district tournament continues on Sunday, July 8 as the losers of the first two games are set to face off at 2 p.m. The winner of the Welch-Madison game then takes on Pineville at 4 p.m. The host Pineville team was awarded a first-round bye.
Then on Monday, July 9, a winner’s bracket game is set to be played at 6 p.m. Then at 8 p.m., the championship game is scheduled to take place with a state tourney berth on the line.
On Tuesday, July 10, a game will be played at 7 p.m. to determine the District 2 runner-up and the second state tourney representative.
The Man Little League is scheduled to host the 9-10-year-old Little League tourney beginning this Saturday with two games at 2 and 4 p.m.
Host Man, Chapmanville, Mullens, Madison and Tug Valley are in the field.
The first game at 2 p.m. on Saturday pits Mullens and Madison. The 4 p.m. game has Tug Valley and Chapmanville battling it out.
Then on Sunday, the two losers play at 2 p.m. Man, which received the first-round bye, takes on the winner of the Mullens-Madison game at 4 p.m.
The tourney resumes on Monday at 6 p.m. as the winner of the third game takes on the loser of the fourth game. The 8 p.m. contest pits the winner of game four against the winner of game two in the district championship game. The winner moves on to play in the state tournament in Martinsburg beginning July 13.
Then on Tuesday at 7 p.m., a loser’s bracket final will then be played for the other state tourney berth.
— Banner Correspondent Jerry Fekete contributed to this report.