2018-07-09 / Front Page

‘Play ball!’

Little League tournament comes to town
By Steven Kovac
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com

BROWN CITY — More than 40 Little League teams and hundreds of parents and fans will converge on this town Friday for a weekendlong celebration of our national past time.

Baseball players, both boys and girls, from nearby surrounding communities, as well as some teams from Saginaw, Unionville- Sebewaing, and St. Clair Shores will participate in more than 100 games officiated by 20 qualified umpires.

The players will range in age from 7 to 15 years old, with the youngest cohort playing co-ed.

The other teams will compete for trophies against competition in their own age range and gender.

The action starts Friday, July 13, with games beginning 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on the six diamonds at Brown City Park near Cade Road.

On Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, games will also be played on two diamonds behind the junior-senior high school on Second Street from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The tournament is put on by the Brown City Summer Recreation Program.

The feat of organizing and administering the tournament is accomplished by dedicated volunteers, with the bulk of the responsibility falling to committee members Neil Kohler, Paul Burgess, Scott Vilas, Rick Jones, Doug Hiles, Rod Vislosky, John Hayes and Dan Loutzenhizer.

“An undertaking of this size would not be possible without the countless hours of work put in by these guys,” said Kohler. “We put in on because it’s good for the kids.”

Kohler added, “The tournament does a lot for the town. It brings in a ton of business. We have good (baseball) facilities close by. I’m a real baseball guy myself. I work hard this weekend and love doing it. I like to see our local businesses, so many of which sponsor baseball teams, full of customers. As superintendent of schools, it gives me a great opportunity to see parents in a different, a non-school setting.”

The teams help fund the expenses of the tournament by paying a $300 to $350 entry fee.

“Kids have been selling raffle tickets to raise money for the tournament for the past six weeks,” said Kohler. “It costs between eight and nine thousand dollars to put it on. We will have a grand prize of $1,500, with two $450-dollar prizes. The drawing will be Sunday night. Tickets are $5 each.

“Concession sales are the real source of our profit,” explained Kohler. “We hope to make a profit of around $1,500 or a little more which we will spend on new baseball equipment for the Little League.”

For scheduling information, general information, and directions, visit browncitysummerrec. weebly.com and click on “All Stars.” Or visit the Brown City Facebook page.

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