Postseason play in the Texas Teen-Age Softball/Baseball Association is about to heat up as district tournament action begins this week.
Monday marks the first day of four weeks filled with district and state TTAS and TTAB tournaments. The first and third weeks feature softball action at the district and state level, while the second and fourth weeks will be highlighted by district and state baseball action.
Brown County is hosting a total of nine tournaments — including a pair of state championships — between now and the end of July.
Four softball tournaments will be held inside the county, including three that begin Monday. Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Sports Complex will host both the nine-team District 2 Coach Pitch and eight-team District 2 Freshman Girls tournaments as up to 32 games will be played in a five-day span at the facility. Early City Park will be the site of the six-team, 10-game District 2 Junior Girls event.
Beginning July 17, the High School Eligible Girls will compete for a state championship at Camp Bowie for the second straight year. The tournament is slated to last four days.
On the boys side, two district tournaments will take place in Brownwood starting July 14, while Bangs and Early will also host an event. Camp Bowie also has been selected as the site of the 10-team Junior Midget Boys state tournament, which starts July 28.
The top two finishers in each district softball tournament will move on to state, while only the champions of the baseball district tournaments earn a state berth.
Competing at Camp Bowie in the Coach Pitch Girls tournament this week will be the Brownwood Flames, the Brownwood Terminators, the Comanche Lady Horns, the Comanche Diamond Daiseys, the Ballinger Wildcats, the Dublin Crush, the De Leon Stars, the Ranger Cheetah Girls and the Bronte Cowgirls.
Action begins at 4 p.m. Monday with matchups pitting the Flames against the Wildcats, the Diamond Daiseys against the Crush and the Stars against the Cheetah Girls. The tournament is slated to conclude Thursday with a 6 p.m. championship game. A second championship game will follow at 8 p.m., if needed.
The two teams who emerge from the Coach Pitch Girls tournament will head to Holland, just southeast of Temple, on July 21 for the 20-team state tournament.
Comprising the field in the Freshman Girls tournament will be the Brownwood Wild Thangz, the Brownwood Crushers, the Comanche Longhorns, the Comanche Lady Aggies, the Ballinger Chaos, the Ballinger Red Hot Maniacs, De Leon Farley Farm Supply and the Gorman Red Sox.
The first games are scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday as the Wild Thangz battle the Chaos and De Leon faces the Longhorns. The Crushers’ first game comes at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the Lady Aggies. The championship game is slated for 6 p.m. Friday, but a second game will take place at 8 p.m. if needed.
The two teams that survive will move on to the 16-team Freshman Girls state tournament in West, just north of Waco, beginning July 21.
Teams battling for a state berth in Early include Early Purple, Early Gold, the Brownwood Blazers, De Leon Hott Shotz, Cisco Heat and Ranger.
The Blazers and Early Purple square off at 6 p.m. Monday in one of the tournament openers, along with the Early Gold and Ranger.
The tournament is scheduled to finish with an 8 p.m. Wednesday championship game. A second game will be played later that night if needed.
The final two teams standing will head to Lindale, just northwest of Tyler, on July 21 for the 16-team Junior Girls state tournament.
A fourth TTAS district softball tournament will feature a pair of Brown County representatives as the Brownwood Thunder and Brownwood Panthers will compete in the nine-team District 2 Midget Girls tournament in Gorman.
Other teams in the field include the Comanche Lady Horns, Ranger Diamond Divas, De Leon Slammers, Winters Chix with Stix, Ballinger Team Extreme, Cisco Strike Force and De Leon Bad News Bears.
The Panthers will open against Ballinger at 8 p.m. Monday, while the Thunder’s first game will be against the Bad News Bears at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The championship game is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday with an 11 a.m. first pitch for the second title game if it is needed. The champion and runner-up will venture to Whitehouse, just south of Tyler, for the 20-team Midget Girls state tournament starting July 21.
Coaches of teams who will be playing their district and state tournaments out of town are encouraged to report their results to the Bulletin. The sports desk can be reached via phone at 325-641-3112 or e-mail at derrick.stuckly@ brownwoodbulletin.com.