Opening Ceremonies Kick Off Eighth Annual TOSC

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

CEREDO, W.Va. – The sun shined and kids smiled as opening ceremonies helped kick start the eighth annual Little League Tournament of State Champions from Legendary Mitch Stadium in towns of both Ceredo and Kenova West Virginia.

Players and coaches from the eight states of the southeastern region (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) were introduced to the crowd, received a pre-tournament speech from Marshall head baseball coach Jeff Waggoner, were led through each town in the annual parade and finished off the evening at Dreamland Pool.

The tournament, in its eighth year of existence, began in 2005 as the first of its kind for the 9-10 year old age division. Previously before state champions from the age division concluded play at the state level.

The 2012 version will feature two returning leagues from past tournaments, Bridgeport Little League (Bridgeport, W.Va.) and Phenix City American Little League (Phenix City, Ala.). The other six state champions are North Springs Little League (Coral Springs, Fla.), Northern Little League (Columbus, Ga.), North State Little League (Greenville, N.C.), Anderson American Little League (Anderson, S.C.), Karns Little League (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Mechanicsville National Little League (Mechanicsville, Va.).

The state of Virginia boasts the defending champions while Georgia has won the most titles (3).

Play gets underway on Saturday with four pool play games. The first game from “The Mitch” gets underway at 11 a.m. with the state champions from Georgia and North Carolina. At 2 p.m. the champions from Florida and West Virginia will tangle, which will be followed by Alabama and Virginia at 5 p.m. South Carolina and Tennessee will conclude day one at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday will also feature four games each day.

Each game of the tournament is streamed live with video and audio on for free. Additional tournament information can found on the website as well.

About Mitch Stadium
Simply known as the “The Mitch,” Legendary Mitch Stadium is one of the top Little League stadiums in the country. A previous host of eight West Virginia Little League state tournaments, the Mitch also played host for one year in 2009 for both the baseball and softball Little League Southeast Regional Tournaments.

Mitch Stadium is named in honor of Elmer Mitchell, a community volunteer who was head groundskeeper, scorekeeper, announcer, concessionaire, and any other title that was available. The stadium also boasts an interesting factoid as the town line for Ceredo and Kenova runs through the field.

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