The Little League Baseball state tournament comes to Bennett Cerf Park in Westminster this week.
The tournament, sponsored by Westminster Optimist Little League and Maryland District II Little League Baseball, features four regional champions. Brunswick of Frederick County represents the Western District; Elkton of Cecil County is from theNortheast District; Tri-City of East New Market in Dorchester Countyrepresents the Eastern Shore District; and Calvert National is from the Southern District.
The double-elimination tournament was to kick off yesterday and will continue today and tomorrow with the finals set to start at 5 p.m. Friday.
All games are slated for 5 p.m. The championship "if necessary" game would take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.
* The Westminster Road Runners Twilight Series will conclude tomorrow with the Sullivan Road 10-Mile Run.
The race will start at 6:30 p.m., beginning and ending at Bare's Farm, at the corner of Sullivan and Lemmon roads,just northeast of Westminster.
After five races in the six-race series, Mike Santoni leads the men's division, followed by Tim Smith and Dave Lowe, who also leads the masters division.
Jenny Caple, who won her fifth straight race -- the Sells Mill 8-Mile Run -- last Thursday, continues to dominate the women's field. Tracey Smith is second, followed by Cheryl Santoni.
* The Carroll County Tennis Association Open Tournament will conclude with finals slated for tomorrow and Friday.
The men's and women's "A" division singles finals are scheduled for 8 p.m. tomorrow. The men's and women's "A" doubles will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by the mixed doubles and men's "B" doubles finals at 8 p.m. All matches will take place at the Westminster City Playground.
The CCTA had the biggest draw ever for its Open Tournament, featuring 41 men and women participants in singles action and 58 teams in doubles competition.
* The Taneytown Cardinals moved closer to defending the South Penn League title by ousting Mummasburg, Pa., 10-3, Sunday at Taneytown.
The next step will likely be the toughest for the Cards, who will play host to Cashtown,Pa., at 7 p.m. tomorrow to open the best-of-three Western Division finals at Taneytown Memorial Park.
Cashtown swept Thurmont, Frederick County, in the other Western Division opening round series.
Game 2 is set for Saturday afternoon at Cashtown, while Game 3, if needed, will be back at Taneytown on Sunday afternoon.
The Westminster Elks were eliminated from postseason play Sunday with a 6-5 loss to New Oxford, Pa.
* The Wakefield Valley Golf Club's match-play championships will wind down this weekend with men's semifinal action and women's finals taking place Saturday
All five men's flight championships are slated for Sunday, with the championship flight getting under way at 8:30 a.m.
In the championship flight semifinal round Saturday, Todd Eckenrode will put his 27-match winning streak on the line against Gerry Eckenrode (no relation), while Mike Myer will face Bob Kirkner in the other semifinal.
* The Westminster Rockets under-18 softball team will be competing in the Amateur Softball Association national tournament this weekend in Marietta, Ga.