After a week off from competing on the diamond, the older local kids now brush off the bats and gloves and this time compete for a state appearance in the Babe Ruth realm.
Thirteen different teams – all hailing from the corridor winding from San Luis Obispo through Lompoc – will take their swing at district tournaments for the 13, 14 and 15-year-old age groups beginning on Saturday in the double-elimination spectacle.
Here are previews of the district contests and the location for each tournament.
While the Lompoc Flower Festival will bring in hordes of people on Saturday at Ryon Park, George Meyer Field at Pioneer Park will be expecting some baseball-loving local fans to watch the host team Lompoc in action at 10 a.m.
The 13-year-olds, which will be coached by Derrell and Dave McNamee, will take on San Luis Obispo as part of the Saturday doubleheader. The winner takes on Five Cities on Sunday at noon. Five Cities has a first-round bye.
Following the Lompoc/SLO morning game will be Orcutt taking on Santa Maria, with the first pitch expected to be thrown at 1 p.m.
The losing teams will compete in the Sunday 3 p.m. game at George Meyer Field in the consolation bracket.
Morrison Field in Orcutt will host the baseball festivities for this age group and this time – the 2016 Central California state champion Orcutt 13-year-olds are out to win another title.
After being led by the likes of Timmy Trenkle, Jake Steels and Isaiah Navarro one year ago, the new, more seasoned group will take part in the four team tournament slated for June 24 to 27.
Orcutt begins the day with the 11 a.m. home contest against San Luis Obispo. Santa Maria takes on Lompoc afterwards in the 2 p.m. game. The winning teams will face off in the Sunday 11 a.m. matchup while the losers face off at 2 p.m. to stay alive in the tournament field.
Two Santa Maria based teams will aim for the district title at Elks Field from June 24 to 28.
Lompoc, which will be led by rising Lompoc High stars Ryan Morgan and Oscar Rojas, will take on Santa Maria White at 1 p.m on Saturday. Orcutt-Santa Maria Red will follow at 4 p.m.
The winners will take the field on Sunday in a 6 p.m. night cap contest at Elks. The consolation bracket game takes place on Monday at 4 p.m.