Huge youth baseball tournament underway in Flower Mound after rains

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by JENNY DOREN

WFAA

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

FLOWER MOUND -– Baseball is finally back Thursday for thousands of kids who thought their field of dreams had literally washed away.

“It didn’t look good,” said D-Bat DFW player Grayson Ellis of Southlake. He’s heading back on the diamond after Mother Nature forced him off of it.

Ellis’ team and 270 others from North Texas and across the nation are at Bakersfield Park to compete in one of the largest youth baseball tournaments in the world. They’re playing on 26 fields.

“We were supposed to play Sunday, but the rain, and then rain, and then rain... and rain,” said D-Bat player Mason Scott Shimkus.

More than 500 of the AAYBA Texas World Series Tournament games had to be rescheduled.

“As you can tell, we just cannot catch a break with the weather,” said Flower Mound Youth Baseball Association President Chuck Berneche.

More than 3,500 athletes were stuck in the sidelines - or in this case their hotel rooms - day after day.

“To see the amount of work that was being done, and then right as we announce games are about to resume and the clouds open up, your heart does sink,” said AAYBA Texas World Series Tournament Director Tracy Black.

Hundreds of AAYBA organizers and volunteers with the town of Flower Mound worked through Thursday night to clear away the water.

“We’ve got to do whatever we can do to get these young men to be able to play their world series game,” Black said.

The kids are keeping their team spirit up, even though the weather tried testing it.

“The sun will shine again, and we will play baseball,” Black said with a smile.

E-mail jdoren@wfaa.com

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