GLENDALE — With the Tri-Cities District 16 Tournament of Champions nearly finished, many area Little League baseball and softball players have begun gearing up for the next level of competition — the District 16 All-Star tournaments.
The playing field is expected to become more of a challenge, as the best of the best in each age division will flock to local diamonds in the quest to help their respective teams win championships in the double-elimination tournaments. The winners from each tournament will advance to the Section 2 Tournament, which will be held in mid-July at different locations across Southern California.
"All the leagues [from the Tournament of Champions] are combined and you get to pick the best players," said Joe Boeke, the district's assistant administrator. "For the kids, they know it's an opportunity to potentially move closer to going to the Little League World Series.