The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 12, 2013

Youth: Little League postseason starts Sunday


Milton was a big winner in last year's title game by taking a 16-1 victory over Shikellamy-Acorn. Milton then narrowly fell in the District 13 championship game to South Columbia, 6-5.

Next up to bat is Area II 9-10 baseball, which begins play on June 25. Snyder County and Shikellamy-Acorn kick things off with a 5:30 game followed by Milton and Lewisburg playing at 7:30.

The remaining two opening games of Area II 9-10 baseball feature Juniata County playing Selinsgrove and Mifflinburg facing Warrior Run on June 27.

Selinsgrove claimed last year's title in grand fashion with a 28-0 victory over Milton. The East Snyder Countians claimed the District 13 title over Danville before falling in the Section 3 Tournament.

The remainder of the tournament -- Area I 9-10 baseball, Area I and II 10-11 baseball, Area I Major baseball -- all begin play on either June 27 or 28.

Not included among that action is Senior baseball, which is back in the tournament after a lengthy absence. The two-team bracket gets underway on July 6.

There also is no Junior or Senior softball, but Warrior Run has a Junior team that automatically advances to the Section 3 tournament that starts in mid-July.

Participation numbers are down from a year ago, and another headache for Brouse is teams dropping out of the tournament after the pairings are already made. Around 10 teams have dropped out of the tournament so far this year.

"I'm considering a $250 fine next year if a team drops out (after the pairings are made). It gets upsetting," said Brouse, who's been fining teams $100 for the infraction but to no avail. "I had four teams drop out after I did the pairings this year."

Finally, a big rule change for 2013 states that if a team has 13 players on the roster, then mandatory play is dropped down to one time at-bat. If teams have 12 or fewer players, each has to have one at-bat and play six consecutive outs.

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