State tournament begins Friday at park
Peabody will host the Cal Ripken State Tournament for 11-year-olds Friday to Monday at the city park.
The tournament features round robin play and a bracket style championship round. Teams are from Cimarron River, Fort Scott, Moundridge, Ottawa, Parsons, Rose Hill, Wellington, and host team Peabody.
Activities actually begin Thursday afternoon as teams, coaches, and players sign in. There will be a picnic at the park for the participants, followed by a "Players' Skills Competition" at 6 p.m.
At 7 the team coaches will square off in for a "Duck Soup" style softball game and possible home run derby. Everyone should see a "Duck Soup" game at least once and organizers invite the community to come to the park and watch.
On Friday competition begins at noon, but opening ceremonies will be held at 6:45 p.m. following game three. A color guard of local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will present the flag.
The ceremonies will include a presentation of certificates to players and coaches. Peabody's Vintage Baseball team also will have a demonstration of the early games in the mid-1800s.
Following game four, participants and spectators will be treated to a fireworks show at the park.
Additional entertainment will take place between games 11 and 12 on Sunday (approximately 7:30 p.m.) when Newton Martial Arts puts on a demonstration of skill.
Admission will be charged for all games. Adults will pay $4, children seven to 12 will be charged $2, and children six and younger will get in free. Admission after 8 p.m. Friday will be $2 per person. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the game followed by fireworks.
For more information contact Jonathan Richstatter at 620-983-2841.
Game 1 — Moundridge vs. Parsons, Friday noon.
Game 3 — Cimarron River vs, Ottawa, Friday 4:30 p.m.
Game 6 — Parsons vs. Ottawa, Saturday 2:15 p.m.
Game 8 — Cimarron River vs. Moundridge, Saturday 6:45 p.m.
Game 9 — Cimarron River vs. Parsons, Sunday 1 p.m.
Game 11 — Moundridge vs. Ottawa, Sunday 5:30 p.m.
Game 2 — Wellington vs. Rose Hill, Friday 2:15 p.m.
Game 4 — Fort Scott vs, Peabody, Friday 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 — Rose Hill vs. Fort Scott, Saturday noon.
Game 7 — Peabody vs. Wellington, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Game 10 — Fort Scott vs. Wellington, Sunday 3:15 p.m.
Game 12 — Peabody vs. Rose Hill, Sunday 7:45 p.m.
Bracket play (july 21)
Game 13 — #1 American vs. #2 National, Monday noon.
Game 14 — #1 National vs. #2 American, Monday 2:15.
Game 15 — Loser game one vs. loser game two (Second runner-up), Monday 5:15 p.m.
Game 16 — Winner game one vs. winner game two (Championship), Monday 7:30 p.m.