Youth recreation league all-star baseball teams will vie to win a state championship this weekend when the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Kentucky State All-Star Championships start at Hopkinsville’s Tie Breaker Park Saturday morning. The tournament is being hosted by Hopkinsville’s Division of Parks and Recreation. Play begins at 10:00 a.m. with seeding games for each division begin, leading to eventual champs in 8-under, 10-under and 12-under age divisions. Championship semis and finals will start Sunday at 1 p.m.
The tournament was originally scheduled as a three-day weekend event, but the region’s torrential downpours have the Parks and Rec maintenance team working full bore to get fields recovered. The tournament schedule was reworked on Thursday into a Saturday-Sunday format in hopes of a break in the rainy weather.
Hopkinsville Christian County Youth League will be represented by three teams among the 25 in the tournament. Teams from Trigg, Todd, Hopkins, Caldwell Murray, Marshall, Lyon, Mayfield and Crittenden are also in the tournament field. The 8-under division is machine pitch and the other two feature kid pitch action.
“Hosting the USSSA all-star state tournament is a nice honor for our community and parks,” said Tab Brockman, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “Our Hoptown teams should have a home field advantage since the games are here. But, these championships have been hotly contested over the last three seasons.
“Hosting tournaments is also a shot in the arm for our local businesses,” Brockman added. He estimated that nearly 1,000 fans will be visiting Hoptown rooting for their teams over the weekend.”
The HCCYL team in the 8-under division (machine pitch) is coached by Cary Luttrull. The local 10-under HCCYL entry is managed by Jeremy Pogue. The HCCYL 12-under all-stars will be coached by Henry Snorton, III. All of the HCCYL all-stars play in 10:00 a.m. opening games Saturday.
Each club in the tournament will play two games to establish divisional seeds. The top four seeds in each age group will advance to a championship bracket. The next four seeds will compete in consolation brackets.
A $5 per day gate fee will be charged throughout the weekend to offset tournament expenses. Kids 7-under are free. Game schedules for each age division can be viewed at www.hoptownrec.com. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 270-887-4290.