Baldwin set to host two softball tourneys
BALDWIN — It’s been quiet this summer at the Baldwin softball diamond.
That’s mainly because the men’s league, for a lack of teams, was dropped this season.
Curt Gravatt, league president, is hopeful of bringing back the league next season.
In the meantime, Baldwin will still be hosting tournaments for the Troutarama and Labor Day weekend.
Gravatt said he decided not to have a league when he could only secure four teams.
“I want to run at least six,” Gravatt said. “We went from seven to nine (in the past). It’s just the drive, gas prices and stuff like that.
“You’ve got players driving from Ludington, coming from Pentwater. Gas prices have taken a hit on teams.”
Teams that played in Baldwin have gone to various places like Reed City and Ludington. Gravatt is playing only at Reed City this summer.
The Troutarama tournaments will have 16 teams starting Friday night July 19 and goes until that Sunday. The Labor Day tourney also be offered. The lighted field will be used. The Labor Day tourney will see all night action Friday and Saturday under the lights. There will be no breaks, even during the after midnight and early morning hours, as long as the lighted field is used. It ends on Sunday.
While the Troutarama tourney is double elimination and guarantees teams at least two games, Labor Day tourneys, also with 16 teams, take on double-double elimination formats in which a team has to lose four times before it’s out.
“This past weekend, our team went up to Luther and took that tournament up there,” Gravatt said.
LOSB had been the dominant team in the Baldwin League the last several seasons.
But it will be tough for a local team to win at Troutarama, Gravatt said. “It’s been awhile since we won at Troutarama,” Gravatt said. “You’ve got some pretty good teams that play in it.”
Both fields will be used for both tournaments.