Sallisaw hosting state T-ball tourney
It's being dubbed as an opportunity to showcase Sallisaw, but it's also a chance to show off the Sallisaw Sports Complex as 16 teams from across the state compete this week in the OK Kids T-Ball State Tournament.
The Sallisaw Youth League submitted the highest possible bid of $5,000 to be selected to host not only the T-ball tournament this week, but the Midget State Tournament next week.
Play will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (July 5) and the final game will be played that night at 8 p.m. The state finals will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7, according the Youth League member Frank Sullivan III. Admission is Adults (18 and over), $5; Senior Citizens, $4; Kids (Age 6-17), $3; and kids 5 and under, free.
“T-ball is considered the most fun to watch. It's very competitive,” Sullivan said. “We will have 14 teams (in addition to two local teams).”
Those teams include: Ada Navy Seals, Bethel Smokies, Blanchard Blitz, Elgin Graphite, Latta Panthers, Lexington Bulldogs, Lindsay Hitmen, Muskogee Cardinals, Porum Panthers, Sallisaw Bombers, Sallisaw Cowboys, Sayre Fireballs, Stigler Bullets, Tupelo Tigers, Tuttle Rangers, and Vian Outlaws.
Each of the teams members and coaches will be given a lanyard with the tournament logo that includes the individual players and coaches names so they can receive discounts at participating merchants and business in Sallisaw, Sullivan said.
“This is an opportunity to showcase Sallisaw to our state,” Sullivan said. “The city has done an incredible job in taking care of the Sports Complex and it lets the taxpayers know their tax dollars are not being squandered. Every dollar we make is put back into the complex. It just keeps getting better. I'm really excited for Sallisaw.
Sullivan pointed out that the city parks department, Lee Risley and Les Walters have done an “excellent job and are out there every day taking care of the complex.”
In honor of the tournament, Your TIMES had created an ad on Page 6B of this issue that can be cut out and placed in the windows of businesses, or as a collector's item.
Your TIMES will publish information in the July 10 edition on the upcoming Midget State Tournament to be held July 10-14.