YORK -- Crews are putting the finishing touches around the York Recreation Complex as the White Rose City prepares to host the Dixie Youth Baseball All-Stars Region 3 Sub-district Tournament next week.
"The kids and coaches have been practicing hard and they're looking forward to it," said Carolyn Leake, York Parks and Recreation director.
The four day tournament begins Monday. The minor league tournament for ages 9 and 10 includes four teams, with Clover facing Chester at 6 p.m. followed by York vs. Rock Hill at 8 p.m. Three teams will play in the major league tournament for ages 11 and 12. York will play Rock Hill at 7 p.m. Monday and then face Union at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Leake said.
Both divisions will play throughout the week, finishing on Thursday.
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There are three sub-district tournaments and the winner of each region goes to play in the District Tournament, which also includes an appearance from the host team. Clover will host the major leagues tournament beginning July 7 and Union will host the minor leagues tournament.
Leake said the All-Stars tournaments are a highlight of the year for the rec department.
"It's what everybody is waiting for -- to see the All-Stars kick off," Leake said, "especially to be able to play in York and draw the home crowd."
Leake said there is usually a good turnout for the All-Star games.
To prepare for the games, Leake's crews will bring out portable pitching mounds to use instead of the usual dirt mounds. They're also doing "extra sprucing up around the park to make it look nice," Leake said.
There will be an admission charge to attend the games, typical for Dixie Youth tournaments.
Dixie Youth sets the price, which will be $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors on Monday and $3 adults, $2 children and seniors Tuesday through Thursday. The additional charge on Monday will go to the Dixie Youth Scholarship fund, Leake said.