Pioneer Little League is no stranger to hosting state tournaments.
The little league, which calls Britt David Park home, hosted the major softball tournament in 2013 and the minor baseball in 2009.
This year, Pioneer is hosting three: minor softball, major softball and senior softball.
"A lot of leagues don't like to host tournaments," Pioneer President Rick Chadwick said. "We do. We always like to put on a good show for everyone. We enjoy doing it."
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This has been a busy time for Chadwick and the other 50-or-so volunteers, including Chuck Cross, who have been getting the fields ready at Britt David Park. Included in that preparation is transforming Pioneer's major baseball field into a softball field. The major change is leveling the pitcher's mound, which will allow the senior softball tournament to be played on that field.
Northern won the District 8 championship in all three softball age groups. Those teams will begin play today with the major and minor teams playing at 10 a.m. with the senior team playing at noon.
In minor softball, the Northern all-stars are Olivia Ryan, Dani Bartley, Leilani Martinez, Heather Hudson, Mackenzie Southerland, Breanna Leininger, Molly Gayles, Andie Porter, Abby Torres, Elizabeth Clark, Riley Ellenburg and Haleigh Chambley.
The manager is Alex Martinez and the coaches are Bobby Southerland and Wayne Gayles.
The state winner will advance to the Tournament of State Champions Invitational, which starts July 24 in Clarksville, Tenn.
In major softball, the Northern all-stars are Jennifer Bright, Ireland Cavanaugh, Alexis Day, Karlee Fuller, Madison Hanson, Riley Ingram, Gracie Massengale, Maggie Mock, Baylee Fulps, Avery Sconyers, Savannah Sibold and Maddie Wells.
The manager is Keith Wells and the coaches are Morgan Ingram and Larry Carver.
The state champion will advance to Southeastern Regional, which starts July 29 in Warner Robins, Ga.
In senior softball, the Northern all-stars are Alex Boeding, Emily Davis, Laura Beth Dowe, Maggie Drew, Olivia Hinton, Haley Johnson, Bailee Liston, Zoe Paul, Alexis Sibold, Deja Smith, Renee Trapp, Lexi Slouchick and Hannah Williamson. The manager is Jarrod Yarbrough. The coaches are Bob Hinton and Gary Duncan.
The state champion will advance to Southeastern Regional, which starts July 25 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Northern also won titles in minor baseball and 10-11 baseball. The minor baseball state tournament starts today in Decatur. The 10-11 tournament begins today in Toccoa.
In minor baseball, the Northern all-stars are Thomas Findley , Colton Masse, Keaton Ernest, Ryan Grantham, Dylan Presley, Ryan Van Dinter, Cody Garner, Joey Walter, Jordan Davis, Eli Williamson, Cole Thompson and Anvith Bompelly. The manager is Skip Thompson and the coaches are Wayne Presley and Joe Walter.
The state champion will advance to the Tournament of State Champions Invitational, which starts July 24 in Greenville, S.C.
In 10-11 baseball, the Northern all-stars are Ashton Shackleford, Connor Trepanier, Avery Robinson, Trey Sanders, Charlie Forbes, Jackson Hilton, Buddy Denson, Josh Davis, Sean Lawson, Tucker Kite, Justin Veloz, Cameron Dodson, Tripp Duncan and Dell Davis. The manager is Jason Hilton and the coaches are Tim Davis and Doug Duncan.
The state champion will advance to the Tournament of State Champions Invitational, which starts July 31 in Greenville, N.C.