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Little League update

By: Haley Manley Special to The News Messenger
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Mother Nature threw a wet blanket on Lincoln Little League’s season early, wiping out the opening ceremony and almost two weeks worth of games due to persistent rain. But when the cancelled games were rescheduled to fill holes in the original version, the compact schedule created an increased level of excitement. Since Little League rules require rest days for pitchers, team managers had to revise their pitching rotations to include less-experienced pitchers and many of them were very pleasant surprises. At the Major League level (ages 10 through 12), last year's champion Rangers were figured by many to waltz to another title. But they have had to battle fiercely in almost every game and have yet to put away the Padres and Yankees, two very formidable foes so plenty of exciting, nail-biting games loom during the next two weeks. Power-hitting is down slightly from last year, but that hasn't hindered sluggers Alex Isola (Rangers), who has four home runs, and Alex Rose (Yankees), who has belted three. In the AAA Division (ages 8 through 10), the Reds are comfortably in first place, with the A’s, Rays and Nationals battling it out for second place. The division has been extremely competitive this year. The AA Division (ages 6 through 8) plays all of its games at the Lincoln Crossing fields. This division is full of up-and-coming stars. T-Ball also has a lot of new faces and the newcomers are having a great season. Tournament of Champions begins June 4. There will be a lot of excitement in both the AAA and Major divisions as this is a double-elimination tournament. There is a lot at stake, as the tournament winners represent Lincoln little league in the district wide tournaments. Closing ceremonies will be held June 15. There will be plenty of food and fun for all, as well as bounce houses for all to enjoy. And after a long season of hard work, we will announce our All Stars at the closing ceremonies, recognizing the hard work and dedication of the league’s most talented players. Little League baseball games can be seen Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m start times and all day Saturday. They have snack bars at both locations, Mcbean Park snack bar usually barbecues up burgers and tri tip sandwiches on Friday nights and Saturday. Otherwise, you'll find hot dogs, root beer floats and all kinds of goodies.