Blog: Little League Baseball Still Pure Joy, But…

I attended the championship game of the Yooper 9-10 boys baseball tournament in Escanaba Tuesday night.

This tournament has been going on for decades in Escanaba, started by the late District Ten Administrator Karl Dickson. It’s all about fun, although at crunch time, it gets as serious as a game at the Little League World Series.

It’s one of the few sports left on this planet that has not been corrupted. In Tuesday’s game, Iron Mountain beat Norway, 13-12, in a wild contest that included huge hit after huge hit. It was a lot of fun to watch!

Sadly, though, we may not see too much of this fun around here for much longer. That’s because fewer people are playing Little League Baseball and Softball, especially in July, when the All-Star Tournaments begin.

District Administrator Don Howes dropped off the brackets for this year’s tournaments Tuesday, and it was pretty disturbing. There will be literally no All-Star teams in the entire district older than age 12. That’s sad, considering how much fun we had the last two summers with the Escanaba 15-16 year-old girls at the World Series.

Many families are choosing to play travel ball in the summer now, or just not play any ball at all.Amd there are fewer kids around, too, as any local school district will confirm for you.

I don’t know what the answer is to stop the trend away from Little League. Hopefully, somebody figures out a way tp attract more kids to the sport before it completely withers away up here.

For now, though, let’s all enjoy the 9-10 year-olds, and the 11-12 year-olds, over the next few weeks. And we will broadcast lots of games, again, and update them at Let’s have more fun!

—later, Jack