Midwest Regional begins in Liberal today
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The Midwest Regional Baseball Tournament kicked off today, but not before some moments of camaraderies between the players from the seven visiting teams and the host Cimarron River Rattlers.
The check-in event took place Thursday evening at Light Park with a picnic and some skill competitions.
The teams were then able to enjoy an evening at Adventure Bay Water Park where they took their turns down the four water slides and even played some water basketball.
Today, the fun turned to focus.
The teams showed up at Brent Gould Field ready to compete for the Midwest Regional title that will send one of the eight programs to the national tournament.
The unseasonably cool weather that made Thursday evening’s event pleasant started to turn to the more familiar sunny skies and higher temperatures today.
The first two teams to step on to Brent Gould Field were Moorhead, Minn., and Parsons. Parsons were the Kansas runners-up to the Rattlers, but since the Rattlers were the host team, Parsons was able to represent Kansas.
Minnesota and Parsons had a showdown at high noon.
At 2:30 p.m., Lamar, Colo., will face West Fargo, N.D., and at 5 p.m., Boone, Iowa will battle Scottsbluff, Neb.
There will be opening ceremonies, and the feature game of the evening will pit the Missouri champions from Boonville against the Rattlers at 8 p.m.
The tournament will resume Saturday and Sunday, and a champion will be crowned Monday.