Spring Hill Little League to host seniors state tourney beginning Saturday


Spring Hill Little League to host seniors state tourney beginning Saturday

Opening ceremonies for the 2014 Little League Baseball Senior Division State Tournament will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Hill Little League’s South Complex at the General Motors Campus.

Opening ceremonies for the 2014 Little League Baseball Senior Division State Tournament will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Hill Little League’s South Complex at the General Motors Campus.

SHLL will host the tournament which runs through July 24. Tennessee’s Senior Division is comprised of the 13-16-year-olds. The Spring Hill Seniors are the 2014 District 3 champions, and will welcome five other district champs from around the state: District 1-Lexington; District 2-Smith County; District 4-Morristown; District 6-Maryville; and District 7-Madison.

The state champions will advance to the Southeast Regional Tournament in Warner Robins, Ga., to face seven other state champions Aug. 2-8. The regional winner will go to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., which begins Aug. 14.

Prior to the first game of pool play, the SHLL will formally extend its thanks to two local charity groups, Project One Four and Partners 4 Parks, that made “generous contributions†to this year’s league, according to Spring Hill Alderman Kayce Williams.

Williams, who also serves as the District Administrator for the Little League’s third district, wants the ceremony to serve as a way to recognize how both of these organizations helped the league’s efforts in 2014.

Project One Four was founded by MLB pitcher and Murfreesboro native David Price of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

“David and his family are passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth and their families,†Williams said. “The Prices and the board of directors of Project One Four donated $5,000 to Spring Hill Little League for field rehabilitations, supplies, and registration fees for children who needed scholarships to play baseball this season.â€

Partners 4 Parks is a branch of the Rotary Club of Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station. The group promotes health and wellness by giving funds to improve local parks, greenways and recreational opportunities.

“The League owes a special thanks to Partners 4 Parks,†said Williams, who is a board member with the group. “They donated $940 worth of scholarships to Spring Hill Little League players this season.â€

The first game will immediately follow the opening ceremony. The tournament begins with pool play, with two pools of three teams each, and then proceeds to single-elimination games beginning Tuesday evening.

Two pool games will take place each day from Saturday through Monday. In Saturday’s Game One, Spring Hill will take on District Three Champs Lexington. In Game Two at 8 p.m., Smith County will face Maryville.

Lexington plays against Morristown in Game Three Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Then at 8 p.m., Smith County will go against Madison.

Spring Hill plays again at 5:30 Monday in Game Five, with Morristown as their opponents. The final game of pool play is at 8 p.m. when Maryville will take on Madison.

The team with the second-best record from each pool will then face the third-best team from the other pool in single elimination games Tuesday night, with A-3 playing B-2 in Game One at 5:30 p.m., and A-2 playing B-3 in Game Two at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, the winner of Tuesday’s Game One will face the No. 1 seed from the A pool at 5:30 p.m., and the winner of Game Two will face the #1 seed from the B pool at 8 p.m. Wednesday’s winners will face off in the championship game Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a chance to go to the Southeastern tournament in Warner Robins, GA.

“This will be a very exciting and competitive tournament,†said Williams. “We’re inviting the whole community to attend and support our local team.â€

SHLL President Jonathan Boylan expects Spring Hill’s seniors to perform well in the tournament.

“I believe this team should be very competitive,†said Boylan. “The majority of these players are members of their respective high school teams and have experience playing in big games. The [games] after pool play should ramp up the intensity even more, with every game being an elimination game. We should [see] some high quality baseball being played over the next week.â€

Admission to the games will be $10 per vehicle.

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for BrentWord Communications. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @JinkersonGreg.

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