Kramer Field will be the Mecca of baseball starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, as The Dalles little League is set to kick off festivities for the 2013 campaign.
Through the next few months, boys and girls of all ages will take part in exhilarating moments on the diamond.
Starting at 11 a.m. on the majors Field 1, the Athletics take on the Giants. After that contest, the Cubs will play against the Cardinals at 1:30 p.m.
Capping the day will be the White Sox and the Giants at 4 p.m.
There are five teams in the Majors classification – White Sox, Giants, Cubs, Athletics and Cardinals.
The White Sox are first place with a 2-0 standing and the Giants are right behind in second place with an unbeaten 1-0 record.
Last season, there were two championship games that had all of the drama better known to occur in late October.
On the Majors side, the Rangers received a solid all-around performance from Spencer Honald in his final little league game.
Honald went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and tossed 3 2/3 innings of three-hit ball with 10 strikeouts to lead the Rangers to a 14-6 victory over ace pitcher Daniel Peters and the Red Sox in The Dalles Little League title game at Kramer Field.
It was a triumphant run for the Rangers, who defeated the No. 1-ranked Phillies and the No. 3 Red Sox on their way to the title.
In the minors’ circuit last year, Max McNeel drove in the tying and scored the winning run on a walk-off RBI single to right field by Austin Prante to lead the Mariners to an 8-7 triumph over the Joe Abbas coached Cubs.
The win capped a perfect season for a Mariner team with standouts Ben Nelson, Dalles Seufalemua and head coach Dan Nelson.
Most of those top names will be back in the fold this spring, but on different rosters spread across seven Minors teams.
The Minors hit the diamond on Field 2 for play Saturday as well with games at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
In the opener, the Reds face off versus the D-Backs, and then after that, the Red Sox duke it out with the Pirates.
Finishing the festive day will be the Yankees and Phillies in what could be a playoff preview.
Early on, the high-scoring Orioles have a firm hold on first place through the first three games of 2013 with an undefeated 2-0-1 record in tact.
In those three games, the Orioles have scored a league-high 34 runs and allowed just 17.
Both the Red Sox and D-Backs are deadlocked in second place with 1-0-1 records.
The Red Sox have racked up 24 runs on the scoreboard and allowed 18, while the D-Backs have scored 21 runs and given up 15.
From now until mid-June, these 12 teams in the Majors and Minors, along with squads in the T-ball and rookie leagues will battle it out for local hardball bragging rights.
Who knows what is in store for this season? It is unknown – only the baseball Gods have a fast track as to what will transpire.
Rest assured, fans would witness first-hand that these young standouts will put everything they have into every pitch, every hit and every moment.
Spring is upon us and so is baseball.
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