The Ottumwa Courier


July 27, 2013

Action heating up for 'Boys of Summer'

OTTUMWA – Sure, this time of year there is plenty to be seen about the tournament trail teams are headed down in the pursuit to be state champions.

But intensity to prove you’re the best baseball and softball team in the state doesn’t just exist on the diamonds at Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge and Principal Park in Des Moines.

In fact, as we’ve already seen this summer, the pursuit of a state baseball or softball title can be found at many different levels. And in some cases, the pursuit of that title can be found right in your own backyard.

From the USSSA Eastern Iowa State Softball titles that were won in Ottumwa to the recently completed 14-year-old Babe Ruth Tournament held this past week in Albia, southern Iowa has already played host to several teams from all around Iowa where friendly competition and long-lasting memories have gone hand-in-hand. More of the same can be expected this week as well as a local southern Iowa community will be kicking off a week of hosting statewide Little League fun tomorrow.

At least some from that area will. Most, however, may have their attention focused on another Little League State Tournament going on a few hours north as another group of young men from around the area look to bring a championship home.

Appanoose County looks to claim 11-12 Little League State Title as 9-10 State Tourney begins

The last weekend of July was going to be an exciting one anyway for those that support Little League baseball in Appanoose County. That was a given when Appanoose County Baseball Association won the right to host the 9-10-year-old Iowa State Little League Baseball State Tournament in Centerville.

It got a little more exciting when the home team Appanoose County 9-10 All Stars booked their ticket to the tournament just a couple weeks later. The local squad will join Albia-based Monroe County in representing Iowa’s District 7 in the state tournament.

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