The Southern Plains 12U All-Star team traveled to Southeast Denver over the weekend at the site of the 2018 12U 70s State Tournament. Unfortunately, they were defeated by East Central in their first tournament game, 13-3. Going into the loser’s bracket, it was do-or-go-home against the host Southeast Denver. However, it was not to be as the SP group lost, 8-5, when they had the tying run at the plate with no outs.
The 11U 70s division of the Babe Ruth organization is a tough division that teaches future high school players how to play the game right. For an 11-year-old, the pitching rules and base distances make for a mighty big field for such young players. However, this year’s Southern Plains 11U All-Star team managed to figure out how to play this game while keeping fans entertained throughout three tournaments including two invitationals in Garden City and the state tournament hosted by Southeast Denver.
The Southern Plains 10U Softball All-Stars traveled to Harper, Kansas over the weekend to the site of the 2018 Babe Ruth Midwest Regional Softball finals. They were short-handed missing a couple of players but made the best of their opportunity by competing well against teams from Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. When the sun had set on the tournament, Southern Plains had made plenty of noise defeating the Colorado state champions, a team that had beaten them in Denver, 21-3. They also came close to pulling a major upset on the host team.
Things looked promising for the Southern Plains 9U All-Star team at the Babe Ruth State Tournament held in Southeast Denver over the weekend after they won their first game against East Central in an 8-7 thriller, despite being in a five-hour rain delay. That win advanced the local boys to the next round where they faced up with host team Southeast Denver Red. They were in that game for a while, but eventually lost in the mercy rule, 16-6. With one loss, they were in a do-or-go-home situation facing a strong team from Boulder. They would run out of steam in the final game losing in a big score, 25-4.
It is that time of year where the local ball players who have been named to the all-star teams begin their tournament trail activities. The girls were the first ones up as the Southern Plains 10U All-Star team, consisting of players from Eads, Holly, and Cheyenne Wells, competed in the Babe Ruth 10U Colorado State Tournament in Elizabeth over the weekend. Southern Plains played through four tough games and were invited to advance to the Babe Ruth Midwest Regional 10U Softball Tournament in Harper, Kansas as the #2 Colorado team.