Preparations are complete for the five-day Missouri State Championship tournament for 13-year-old boys Babe Ruth teams this week in Monett.
All games will be played at Monett's North Park, on Central Avenue. Action will begin on Thursday morning.
Opening ceremonies introducing all the teams and players will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
In addition to the hosting team from Monett, competing squads will include Cassville from District 1; MABA from District; SEMO South from District 3; Camdenton from District 4; Sikeston from District 5; and Boonville from District 6.
Thursday games are scheduled to pit Boonville against Sikeston at 10 a.m.; MABA against Cassville at 1:30 p.m.; and Monett against SEMO South at 5:30 p.m.
Friday action will start at 1:30 p.m. Due to a late cancellation, the schedule has been changed giving Camdenton a first-round bye. Camdenton will play the winner of the Sikeston and Boonville game at 1:30 p.m. The winner of the two first round games featuring Monett and Cassvillle will meet at 4:30 p.m. Losers from the first round will meet at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, semifinal action for the winners will resume at 4:30 p.m., sending the winner to the championship game. Losers in the Friday afternoon games will take on the teams that won Friday morning's loser bracket games at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Winners in those two games will take on each other at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, action resumes at 1 p.m. The winning team from the loser's bracket will take on the team that lost in the semifinals winner's bracket game on Saturday morning. The winner of that game gets to play in the championship game at 4 p.m.
If another game is needed to determine a winner, a game #13 may be played at 10 a.m. on Monday.
Jeff Phillips and Charlie Steward are tournament directors. The Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League is sponsoring the tournament. Kirk Verhoff is league president. Lori Garpar is secretary and Ken Gaspar is treasurer and concessions director.
Around 400 people are expected to attend the event.