By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
For the boys, and girls, of summer, the moment they've been playing for all spring has finally arrived.
This Sunday afternoon the Pennsylvania Little League District 13 Tournament gets underway, with Major Division softball kicking things off just as it did a year ago.
The Major softball tournament has been moved to Danville's Echo Field, located nearby vacant F.Q. Hartman Stadium, as opposed to Milton's Brown Avenue Park where it has been a fixture for the last several years.
Warrior Run and Berwick play in Sunday's first game at 1 p.m. prior to Danville and Lewisburg taking the field at 3. The winners play either Mifflinburg or Milton, the defending champ, later next week.
A year ago Milton advanced to the Section 3 final, but lost to Minersville, 8-0.
An early start to the tournament always causes headaches for parents, and also to District 13 Administrator Greg Brouse.
"I hear it from the parents all of the time about the start times being so early. A lot of that is dictated by (Little League headquarters in) Bristol (Conn.)," said Brouse.
The tournament gathers steam the following weekend as both district-wide Junior baseball and Area II Major baseball begins play.
In Junior baseball on Saturday, the 22nd, Mifflinburg and Shikellamy-Acorn gets play started with a noon game before Danville and Warrior Run meet at 3 p.m. The following day Selinsgrove and Berwick play at 1 followed by Milton and Juniata County at 4.
On Sunday, the 23rd, Area II Major baseball begins with Selinsgrove and Snyder County playing at 1 p.m. and Lewisburg and Warrior Run playing at 3. The final two games of the night are Milton versus Shikellamy-Acorn at 5 p.m., followed by Mifflinburg and Juniata County at 7.
District-wide 9-10 year-old softball also starts on the 23rd, with Milton playing Warrior Run at 1 p.m. and Danville playing Bloomsburg at 3. The winners play either Mifflinburg or Lewisburg in their next game later in the week.