DARKE COUNTY – The inaugural Tri-Village Summer Rec All-Star Tournament was held this past weekend with 16 area baseball teams competing in the 2-day elimination-style tournament. The 12u, 10u and 8u all-star teams played in both Palestine and Hollansburg in hopes to be the tournament champion in their age bracket.
In Palestine, the 12u league consisted of Arcanum, Milton Union, Tri-Village and Union City. In Sunday afternoon’s final, Milton Union topped Arcanum by one run to take first place.
Six teams each made up the tournament bracket for both the 10u and 8u leagues. Ansonia, Arcanum, Franklin Monroe, Milton Union, Tri-Village and Union City battled it out on dual diamonds at the Hollansburg community park.
As the teams were eliminated one-by-one in Sunday’s bracket, the threat of late afternoon rain made the odds of finishing the tournament as scheduled slim. Fortunately, the storms stayed to the north of the county allowing the championship games between Franklin Monroe and Milton Union in the 10u and Arcanum taking on Tri-Village in the 8u finish without delay.
Like the 12u game, both games at Hollansburg park were determined by one run. Milton Union took the crown in the 10u while Arcanum got the title for the 8u league.
“I would like to see the tournament continue every year,” said Tri-Village Summer Rec Commissioner Jason Poling. “After three years of trying we finally had enough teams to host it.”
“It took a lot of work and great people to help make it happen,” he added. “It was a successful weekend with lots of great kids and games so I hope to see everyone back next year!”