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12U Midwest Plains Regional set for weekend

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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SIKESTON -- Starting on Saturday, eight teams from six states will descend upon the Sikeston Youth Sports Complex as the 12-and-under Cal Ripken Midwest Plains Regional Tournament gets underway.

The host Sikeston All-Stars will be one of four teams representing Missouri in the double-elimination tournament while Kansas also brings two squads. Other states sending teams include Kansas, Colorado and Minnesota

Sikeston, along with Portageville, Scott County and Mineral Area make up the four Missouri teams inside the bracket.

Ottawa, Kan., Lamar, Colo., Baxter, Minn. and Paola, Kan. make up the rest of the field.

Lamar, Colo., is coming off of an 11U Midwest Plains Regional tournament win just last year which they took at the Sikeston Sports Complex in early August of last year.

In fact, including Lamar, Sikeston, Mineral Area and Paola, Kan. are all bringing back teams from last year's 11U tournament.

Lamar, who went 2-2 during pool play in 2011, defeated Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Paolo, Kan. and Minera Area during the championship game to claim a trip to the World Series.

Opening round play will kick off on Saturday with the first of four games beginning at 10 a.m. with Portageville taking on Ottawa, Kan.

Colorado and Mineral Area will face off directly after, followed by a game between Baxter, Minn. and Scott County.

Sikeston will close out the first day against Paoloa, Kan. with play set to begin at 4 p.m.

Once the winner's and loser's brackets have been set up play will continue on Sunday with the field being whittled down to six teams by the end of the day. By Monday night only three teams will still stand, including the squad who has won three straight games to come out of the winner's bracket.

The two teams left in the loser's bracket will play on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the winner advancing to meet the squad coming from the winner's bracket in the championship game at noon.

Needing to beat the winner's bracket champion twice, if the team coming out of the loser's bracket pull out a win in the first title game, a second winner-take-all contest will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m.