Tournament time just around corner for little league
The Leavenworth County Fairgrounds will seem deserted this weekend, with no games being held in honor of the Independence Day holiday.
But don't expect the solitude to last.
In a couple of weeks the fairgrounds will explode with energy when summer ball tournaments begin July 11.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission Director Mark Zerrer said he expected games to be competitive this year, because of the many high-quality teams getting the job done.
"The defense has been pretty good this year," Zerrer said. "Much of that comes from a good preseason."
He said that this year's unusually dry months of April and May gave the teams more time to practice than usual.
"With teams able to practice more, the early season games were much more competitive," Zerrer said.
And this edge has carried through the summer, with several teams racking up well over 10 runs per game and several contests that went down to the wire including some in extra innings.
It's that edge, the extra preseason practice time, that could make this year's tournament more competitive than those in the past.
"Unfortunately, were getting all that rain from May and April now, in June, which is our busiest month," Zerrer said.