With the softball tournament wrapped up, the Little League Southeastern Regional Tournament moves on to baseball.
Teams will begin arriving Thursday to make official photos for the tournament.
Peachtree City American Little League, which represents Georgia, starts play Friday at 7 p.m. against the team from Virginia.
For the first time, ESPN will be covering all of the games.
The WatchESPN will cover the games from Friday-Monday and ESPN will broadcast the semifinal and championship games Tuesday-Aug. 13.
“It will be a first for us to understand what they bring in, staff-wise,” said Matt Weber, assistant region director.
This year, baseball play has changed from pool play to a modified double-elimination format.
Weber said the format will make for exciting games.
“It doesn’t matter how much you win by. There is no more math. You just have to win,” he said.
Due to the tight schedule, the region couldn’t fit the popular Challenger League games into its seven-day tournament.
The Challenger League allows special-needs children to have an opportunity to play baseball.
“We’re committed to find a way for next year,” Weber said.
The fields, which were used for softball games for five days, will be in good shape for the baseball teams.
Although there isn’t a local team in the tournament, there are always crowds for the Georgia games.
The region relies on local law enforcement to help control traffic and for checking bags at the gates. A list of prohibited items is available from the Warner Robins Police Department as well as the region website.
Games can also be seen on GameChanger, a scoring system used by the region.
“The gift shop is loaded with merchandise. People are going to experience great baseball and it’s all free,” Weber said.
Teams for the tournament are Alabama, Phenix City American Little League; Florida, Keystone Little League; Georgia, Peachtree City American Little League; North Carolina, Wilson City Little League; South Carolina, Northwood Little League; Tennessee, South Nashville Little League; Virginia, Mechanicsville National Little League; and West Virginia, Bridgeport Little League.
The league from Tennessee makes its third straight appearance in the regional tournament.
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