DYBA ready for upcoming tournament
This may be the weekend of the nation's biggest patriotic holiday, but De Soto Youth Baseball Association President Don Clark said the following weekend would provide De Soto residents with a thorough indulgence in the great American pastime.
"It's going to be a great weekend for baseball," he said.
The DYBA will be the host of three United States Sports Specialty Association Division A State Tournaments July 11 through 13. The tournaments are for recreational league baseball teams, will be divided by three age groups: 8-and-younger, 11-and-younger, and 12-and-younger.
"We're expecting between eight and 12 teams per age group with some possibly traveling from all over the state of Kansas for this event," Clark said.
The tournaments are limited to those teams that finished first or second in their leagues. "
The 8-year-old age group will use a pitching machine, while the 11 and 12 year-old age groups will simply play traditional baseball," Clark said.
Clark was also thrilled about the recent improvements to De Soto's ballfields.
"There are new scoreboards at both Miller Park and Sunflower Fields, and new fencing and lights at Sunflower Fields," he said. "The De Soto community has been great throughout all of this."
Steve's Meat Market will be on site, along with other sponsors from the area.
"The only other thing I could ask from the community is their attendance," Clark said.
De Soto Parks and Recreation Director Jay Garvin agreed the event would be awesome.
"The upgrades that have been made to the fields are terrific, and although the revenue from the tournaments will go to the DYBA, it will come back to us to help with the fields and other events," he said. "We frequently work together with DYBA."
Garvin also said the tournaments would bring enough fans that businesses would definitely benefit from the event. It's expected the tournaments could draw 3,000 visitors. Cost to attend the USSSA tournaments is $3 at the gate, and the events go on morning through night.
The Sunflower Ball Fields are located at the Lexington Avenue/Edgerton Road intersection, and Miller Park Fields are on Ferry Street north of 83rd. Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can contact Don Clark at (913) 451-7526, extension 235.