Cup organizers keep watchful eye on weather

Published 10:15 am Thursday, July 31, 2014

Part two of the 2014 Governor’s Cup promises to be bigger and better than the first. Now, tournament organizers hope, the weather will cooperate.

More than 30 teams in six age groups — including a just-added 14-year-olds’ bracket — will descend on Halls Ferry Park starting Friday night for the second weekend of the Governor’s Cup.

The current forecast calls for a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but tournament director Tim Shelton said it’s something everyone will just have to deal with as it comes.

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“We’re always worried about the weather, but there’s nothing we can do about it. We’re just going to try and get as many games in as we can on Friday night and keep going as long as we can,” Shelton said. “You always have isolated stuff and a 30 percent chance of rain. I’m hoping that 30 percent goes somewhere else.”

That’s because almost everyone else in the region’s youth baseball circuit will be in Vicksburg.

A total of 31 teams will play in the odd-numbered age groups this week, up from just 25 in last week’s even-numbered ages. A few are holdovers playing up one age group or coming back for the 8-year-olds’ kid pitch tournament after playing in the coach-pitch tournament last week.

Shelton said last week’s turnout was down because of shifting tournament schedules around the state, and this weekend would be more in line with the traditional totals for the Governor’s Cup.

“I think a lot of teams went to the World Series and it was later in the year this time. It’s changed that dynamic for us,” Shelton said. “Last week the numbers were definitely down, and this week we’re right on par with where we’ve usually been.”

At least one age group is proving especially popular.

The 14-year-olds played last weekend — the Mississippi Extreme, which has several players from Vicksburg, won it — but will take the field again this week after a handful of teams expressed interest.

The four-team tournament will be played on Bazinsky Field and be sandwiched around the 13-year-olds’ bracket. Only one of the 14-year-olds’ teams is a holdover from last week.

“We’re already going to be out there. Adding the 14s is not a huge deal. The hardest part is just scheduling them around the 13s,” Shelton said.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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