Twenty-four teams from 10 states across the Southeast and Texas will converge on Tinsley Park Saturday for the Dixie Baseball Boys and Junior Boys World Series tournaments.
The tournaments are expected to attract more than 1,000 people from out of town to Bossier City when you consider players and their families, coaches and league officials.
The Opening Ceremonies begin at 4:30 Friday with the arrival of the teams at the CenturyLink Center. Parents arrive at 6:30 and the program itself starts at 7.
The double-elimination tournaments run through Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Dixie Boys is a 14-year-old division. Dixie Junior Boys is a 13-year-old division.
As the host, Bossier City automatically qualified a team in each division.
The other teams qualified by winning their respective state championships.
The Louisiana champions are from Monroe (Boys) and Jefferson Parish (Junior Boys). The Bossier teams did not participate in the state tournaments.
Bossier City faces Center, Texas, in the Boys division and Lewis County, Tenn., in the Junior Boys division in first-round games Saturday. Both start at 7 p.m.
Other teams in the Boys division are Dallas, N.C., Hilton Head, S.C., Dyersburg, Tenn., Spring Hill, Fla., Hattiesburg, Miss., Troup County, Ga., Spanish Fort, Ala., and Sevier County, Ark.
Other teams in the Junior Boys division are Dothan, Ala., Sumter, S.C., Halifax County, Va., Pittsburg, Texas, Purvis, Miss., Columbus County, N.C., West Georgia, Searcy, Ark., and West Volusia, Fla.
Hattiesburg won both the Boys and Junior Boys World Series titles last year.
Bossier City won three games in the Junior Boys tournament. Its only losses were to Hattiesburg.
After losing in the first round of the Boys tournament, Bossier City won two games in the losers’ bracket before being eliminated by Columbia County, Ga.