With the hope of playing three games in three days, and the possibility of playing as many as five, it’s no secret what it’s going to take for the Emmett-Greenwood 14-and-under baseball team to win its sectional tournament.
“Basically, it will boil down to pitching,” Emmett-Greenwood coach Trevor Thorner said. “We have 13 kids on the team, and more than likely we’ll need 11 of them to pitch.”
Emmett-Greenwood will play host starting tonight to the three-team sectional, a rarity in more than one way, with its eye on advancing to the state tournament, which will begin June 25 in Onsted.
Clinton Valley and Saginaw Township North will be joining the hosts, in the state’s lone three-team sectional. Being the sectional host might be a first-time event, as well, Thorner said.
Emmett-Greenwood will open the action in the double-elimination tournament at 7 p.m. today against Clinton Valley. The winner will play Saginaw at 1 p.m. Saturday, and the finals will be played Sunday.
Thorner said he didn’t know much about Clinton Valley, just that the team had dominated its district. Saginaw, however, is familiar.
“I know (Clinton Valley) put up some pretty big numbers,” Thorner said. “I think in four games they gave up nine runs total, and scored like 49 or something like that. Saginaw is going to be a good team. We saw them at the state tournament when we were 12, and they actually won the state tournament when we were 12.
“They have the same group of kids who have been playing together since they were 9, which, so do we.”
Thorner said his team has been hitting the ball well through the district tournament, something they’ll need to continue doing against some other high-scoring teams.
“It’s going to be good baseball,” he said. “We put up a lot of runs, not that the other teams haven’t. They’ve all put up some runs.”