Little Leaguers gathering in Madras
Madras is about to be inundated with Little Leaguers.
The District 5 Little League All-Star Tournament takes place in Madras -- from Friday, June 29 through Saturday, July 7 -- with 57 teams of baseball and softball players competing in several age-specific divisions in separate tournaments.
Juniper Hills Park is the primary site of the activites, with opening ceremonies taking place at Madras High School Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. All the participants will be introduced, and special first baseball and softball pitches ceremonies will be conducted.
The tournaments include separate teams from Jefferson County and the Warm Springs Nation. The district also includes teams from Hermiston, The Dalles, Hood River, Bend, Prineville, Redmond, John Day, Boardman, Sisters, and various smaller communities that have combined programs with those towns.
Jefferson County Little League is hosting the tournament. There is no entry fee charged to watch the games.