Multiple Brown County squads will be in action across the state
Texas Teen-Age Baseball champions will be crowned across Texas — including one in Brownwood — as state tournament action commences Monday.
The Massey Sports Complex will be the site of the 12U Open Base tournament, hosted by the Brownwood Angels and Brownwood Pirates. The Early Huskers clinched a tournament berth on June 14 by winning the District 5 championship.
The remainder of the 13-team field includes the McGregor Raiders, McGregor Horned Frogs, Cameron Rangers, Belton Dodgers, Belton Rattlers, Rusk Sox, Chandler Warriors, Blooming Grove Blue, Alto and Groesbeck.
Action begins at 6 p.m. Monday with four games, followed by four more at 8 p.m. The second day of the event will also feature a total of eight games during the same times Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the field dwindles as a pair of 6 p.m. games and three 8 p.m. games will be played. On Thursday, there will be one game at 6 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. to set up Friday’s state championship game, slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. If a second championship game is needed it will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.
The draw for seeds in the 12U Open Base tournament will take place during a coaches meeting Sunday.
While there will be plenty of action in Brownwood this week, a handful of Brown County teams will hit the road for state tournament action as well.
The 16-team TTAB 8U Machine Pitch State Tournament in Buffalo will include the District 3 champion Brownwood Nationals as well as the runner-up Coleman Bluecats. The Nationals rallied with three runs in their final at-bat to knock off Coleman, 8-7, in the district championship game on July 13 at the Massey Sports Complex.
Also comprising the 8U Machine Pitch state field are the Troy Junior Hitmen, Normangee Harris, Buffalo Lathrop, Gainesville Garrett’s Day, Hico Hitmen, Coleman Rangers, Chandler Tigers, Grand Saline Orioles, Buffalo Kennedy, Centerville Gore, Axtell Bombers, Mart Medlock, Burnet Slammers and Burnet Red Sox.
The District 5 champion Brownwood Yankees are among the 14 teams vying for the TTAB 10U Tight Base championship in Copperas Cove. The Yankees will be joined by the Copperas Cove Astros, Copperas Cove Red Sox, Gatesville Muegge Heating and Air, Gatesville First Baptist Church, Belton Padres, Belton Dodgers, De Leon Stixx, Whitehouse Warriors, Chandler Angels, Mexia Sterling, Teague Skinner, Groesbeck Crabb and Kerens.
In 14U state tournament action, the Brownwood Cubs and Early Orange are among 11 teams attempting to earn a championship in Groesbeck. The Cubs defeated the Orange, 10-0, in the District 4 championship game at Early City Park on July 15.
The Axtell Rangers, Groesbeck Mayhugh, Troy Hitmen, Copperas Cove Rangers, Bartlett Bulldogs, Grand Saline Indians, Blooming Grove Black, Roscoe Astros and Alto will also be bidding for the championship.