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Elliott Stern

It’s time to hit re-set on the local Little League season.

Now that the leagues have completed their regular seasons, the District 65 Tournament season is ready to begin.

The coaches from each of the leagues are getting together to choose All-Star teams to represent their league in four different tournaments – the 10, 11, 12-year old tournament, one of two to be hosted by Nipomo Little League, from which the Central Coast could eventually send a representative to the famous Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.; a 9, 10, 11-year old tournament to be played at the Central Coast Little League fields in Los Osos; The 8, 9, 10-year old tournament, which is the other playoff being held at Nipomo’s park; and the Minor Division Tournament of Stars which will be right here at Santa Maria Southside’s Simas Park Field next to Elks Field.

The Tournament of Stars actually kicks off the three weeks of playoffs Friday with Lompoc facing Atascadero at Simas.

On Saturday, the action really kicks into high gear with four games in the 10, 11, 12 Tournament; four more in the 9, 10, 11s; three in the 8, 9, 10s; and three in the Tournament of Stars.

You can read Sports Writer Kenny Cress’ story listing all the early games at santamariatimes.com.

Before the dust settles, which could be as late as July 8, the Little Leaguers will play a minimum of 64 and possibly 68 games in these double elimination tournaments to determine which teams will move on to the next round.

Altogether, 39 teams are playing with 12 players on each team which means 468 ballplayers are still in the hunt for a championship.

That’s a lot of kids, a ton of action and a real challenge for our sports team.

Keep in mind, that the Babe Ruth leagues will also be holding their post-season tournaments, separate playoffs for 13-year-o0lds, 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds.

We’re planning to get to as many of the games as possible so that we can keep you up to date on all the action.

So keep checking our website – santamariatimes.com – for the latest updates on how your favorite team is doing.

And we’ll bring you the latest Little League and Babe Ruth news every Wednesday on our weekly webcast – 805 Sportstalk.

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Senior Sports Reporter