His­tory in the makin'

City Pond to host District Tour­na­ment

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

New­ton County Parks and Re­cre­ation in­tro­duced lit­tle league just four years ago and now for the first time it will be host­ing a lit­tle league district tour­na­ment at City Pond Com­plex June 28 with the ear­li­est game start­ing at 10 a.m.

The tour­na­ment will be com­posed of three dif­fer­ent age brack­ets in­clud­ing the 9/10 year olds, 10/11 year olds and 11/12 year olds. There is also a fourth age group of 15/16 year olds, but in­stead of play­ing at City Pond they will play at East­side High School on Satur­day.

“This is just the be­gin­ning of these teams hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity – if they were to win enough games – to go to Wil­liamsport,” Dwayne Mask, New­ton County Re­cre­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tor, said.

Wil­liamsport, Penn­syl­va­nia is the site of the Lit­tle League World Se­ries that hosts nine dif­fer­ent lit­tle league tour­na­ments be­gin­ning July 23.

There are five coun­ties com­pet­ing in this district in­clud­ing: New­ton County, Gainesville County, Wal­ton County, Athens County and Oconee County. The win­ner of each re­spec­tive tour­na­ment will ad­vance to state as the state win­ner will ad­vance to re­gion­als and the re­gion cham­pion will ad­vance to the Lit­tle League World Se­ries.

The 15/16 year olds are com­prised of three teams from Oconee, Athens and Wal­ton. They will play Satur­day through Tues­day.

Last year New­ton had an 11/12 team that won district and went to state. They had to beat Athens in the cham­pi­onship game.

“Athens and Oconee are usu­ally the two stronger that’ll be pretty tough for [New­ton] to get by,” Mask said.

With this be­ing New­ton’s first time host­ing a district tour­na­ment, they’re hop­ing for a good show­ing that will al­low them to get a bid to host the state tour­na­ment next year.

“It’s some­thing new for us and it’s some­thing we’re ex­cited about. For the pur­pose of ev­ery­body knows lit­tle league base­ball,” Mask said. “I think it’s some­thing good for the com­mu­nity and we are hop­ing next year our district will be avail­able to host the state tour­na­ment. The win­ner of the state tour­na­ment goes to south­east re­gional which is only one more step from Wil­liamsport.”

“We’re hop­ing to get our foot in the door this year and maybe next year have a good op­por­tu­nity to put in a bid to host the state tour­na­ment.”

all sched­ules sub­mit­ted by Dwayne Mask

For the se­nior base­ball sched­ule – which New­ton County is not com­pet­ing in – at 1 p.m. June 28 at East­side High School, Oconee will play Athens and the win­ner will ad­vance to play Wal­ton on Sun­day at 2 p.m.

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