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Belton awarded 2014 12U State Tourney

By Tony Adams
Sports Editor

The Belton Youth Baseball Association was awarded the 2014 Texas Teen-Age Baseball 12U Open Base State Tournament to be held at Heritage Park in Belton in July 2014.
The news came at the end of the 2013 Annual Texas Teen-Age Baseball/Softball Affiliates Meeting in Hillsboro last Saturday.
The 2013 TTAB 12U baseball tournament was held in Ennis last month.

“We are extremely excited to have been nominated to host the tournament,” said BYBA president Tia McKee. “To be able to host a tournament of this magnitude is a huge win for Belton and for the BYBA.”
With Belton not hosting a state baseball tournament in some time, McKee feels that it will be a great event for the city.
“I think it will be great for our town, our community and our kids,” said McKee. “I believe it will be an awesome experience for our organization. We have a great group of people on the BYBA board and we will do everything we can to make it memorable for everyone coming in. After all, it’s for the kids.”
Belton Youth Baseball Association and Belton Youth Softball Association presented individual packages for consideration. The two organizations were among 41 presentations considered by TTA. BYBA made the bid for the 12U State Tourney and BYSA made the bid for the 15U State Tourney, which was narrowly awarded to Denison in an extremely competitive bid. The 2013 15U BYSA State Tournament was held in West.
“We were disappointed that the bid didn’t go our direction,” said BYSA president Tommy Parker. “We’re happy for BYBA and their tournament.”
The cities awarded tournament bids in baseball were Holland (6U T-Ball), Malakoff (8U Coach Pitch), Groesbeck (8U Machine Pitch), Presidio (9U Baseball), Emory (10U Baseball), Eastland (12U Tight Base) and Buffalo (High School Eligible Softball). The 15U state baseball tournament site will be announced later.
The cities awarded softball tournaments were Cameron (6U Softball T-Ball), West (8U Softball Coach Pitch), Temple (8U Softball Machine Pitch), Sherman (10U Softball), Copperas  Cove (12U Softball), Denison (15U Softball) and Stephenville (High School Eligible Softball)
Belton was awarded the 2014 Annual Texas Teen-Age Affiliates Meeting and Denison was awarded the 2015 meeting. The meeting will be next August, tentatively scheduled to be at the Harris Community Center.
“We are excited to be able to host a meeting of this magnitude,” said Parker. “To be able to showcase Belton as a great place to do business and relax is a great win for the city.”
During the meeting, eight Texas Teen-Age participants were awarded scholarships. Temple’s Chris Guillen was one of the awardees.
Guillen will be studying Accounting in the fall and playing with Ben Shipp’s UMHB Baseball team next spring. He plays first base, third base and catcher.
“TTAB is one of the first tastes of baseball you get in your life,” said Guillen. “My first time I got to play baseball was at the age of three, playing pre T-Ball. It teaches you a lot about life and I hope that TTAB stays around for a long time.”