This year the Southern Plains All-Star season looks a little different as all SP teams have elected to play in open tournaments rather than in the usual Babe Ruth Tournament Trail. The youngest softball players for Southern Plains, the 10U group, ended up in a very big tournament way over in Hutchinson, Kansas over the weekend where they learned that 10-year-olds really can pitch very well and that there are certainly a few levels of improvement to get to. They went 0-4 in the tournament, but by the time they were done on Sunday they had learned how to compete against tough competition, how to play like a team unit, and how much work it takes to get to the next level.
Southern Plains softball wound up the regular season over the past week as they dodged various storms that rumbled their way across the area for a number of days. The Majors division (ages 11-12) managed to get their tournament played on Friday with Cheyenne Wells coming out as champions. The Minors tournament was played on Monday after numerous weather delays, but results were not available at press time. Details of that tournament will be included in next week’s edition.
It was the close of the regular summer season as the Eads Majors traveled to Holly to the venue of the 2019 League Tournament. There are five teams in the Majors division that features players from 10 to 12 years of age. Eads, Holly (Red & Black), Cheyenne Wells, and Kit Carson are the league teams.
It was a building season for the Eads Minors team consisting of players from 7 to 9 years of age. The Eads group is a large team with 16 rostered players that is full of energetic seven-year-olds, for the most part, who have just entered organized ball from the tee ball ranks last year. There are two 9-year-olds on the team and the rest of the team consists of first year players. Teaching the game of baseball to such raw little athletes has been the job of Kyle Barnett, Brian Bohlander, and Kevin Davis.
The very young Eads Eagles managed to qualify for the regional playoffs due to their RPI rankings as they have played well against stiff competition throughout the season. With their RPI putting them in the 13 seed of 16 teams who qualified, they ended up playing in a four-way tournament at Haxtun with the Bulldogs as the top-seeded host.