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After a year hiatus Manchester will once again have a city baseball tournament to determine the champion for each league. Last season the now defunct Manchester Little League did not have city tournaments and the first place team in the regular season was named champion but league president Dale Cooper said he thought it was important to return to the city tournament format with Manchester Youth Baseball.
“It had been going on for so many years a lot of people were disappointed that we didn’t have it last year so we decided to bring it back,” said Cooper. “We wanted to satisfy the people in the community.”
Last year there was not a city tournament because there was only one division in the league but the board decided to setup two divisions again this year so they could bring back the tournament.
The T-ball tournament will be the first to kick-off; it will begin Saturday [June 7] with the other age divisions beginning their tournaments the Monday after Bonnaroo [June 16]. The T-ball tournament championship game will be held on Tuesday [June 9].
The 9 and 10-year-old division will play its tournament games on Monday and Thursday, the 11 and 12 year olds will play Tuesday and Friday and the coach pitch age division will play every day except Wednesday. The championship games for all age division will take place the following Monday [June 23].
“The city tournament is good because a team that may have had a slow start to the season can get hot at the end of the season and it gives them a chance to win the tournament.”
The city champion will be the number one team at the end of the regular season; the tournaments will only decide the champion for the postseason tournament.
The regular season for Manchester Youth Baseball will wrap up on Friday night. While Manchester is no longer affiliated with Little League there will still be all-star teams; those teams will compete Tennessee Youth Baseball Association State Tournament in Murfreesboro in July. The all-star teams will be announced at during the closing ceremonies following the championship games on the city tournament.
“I feel like the all star teams will be just as competitive as the Little League all-stars,” said Cooper. “The teams will have a chance to play for a state title and will we feel like it will be a great experience for our kids.”