There's plenty of youth baseball on tap as district tournaments begin this week in the Little League, Babe Ruth and Bambino programs.
Two teams will represent Carroll in the eight-team, double-elimination District II Little League tournament starting on Monday.
Westminster is at Brunswick and East Frederick visits Thurmont on the tournament's first day, while Taneytown will be at Frederick American and Frederick National will host Emmitsburg on Tuesday. Home teams will be designated by a coin toss before each game.
The tournament will run through July 24 with all games starting at 6 p.m.
The winner will next play the District I champs in a best-of-three series for sectional title starting on July 30 at Brunswick.
The Babe Ruth district tournament began yesterday at Landon Burns Park in Westminster with Finksburg, Westminster and North Carroll looking to qualify for the state tournament in the 13 and 15 age groups.
North Carroll received a first-round bye in both age groups and will face the winner of yesterday's Finksburg-Westminster contest today. The double-elimination tournament will continue until only one team remains.
The 14, 16 and 16-18 age groups didn't need a district tournament. Westminster has the only 14-year-old team, and the 16 and 16-18 teams will be selected from the county-wide 16-18 Babe Ruth League. Those three teams automatically advance to the state tournament later this month.
Finksburg and Mount Airy are representing Carroll in the state Bambino tournament which began yesterday in Glade Valley. Yesterday's results were not available at press time.
In other sports this week:
* A pair of 0-1 teams and two 1-0 teams will meet in two travel division games of the Carroll County Summer Lacrosse League tonight at the Carroll County Sports Complex.
Towson Sports Medicine (0-1) will take on Monaghan's Pub (0-1), while Greene Turtle (1-0) plays Maloney's Bar (1-0). Both start at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The two remaining undefeated teams in the Carroll division will do battle at 6 p.m. Sunday as International Foreign Cars takes on Dr. Deigert's -- both 2-0.
Other Carroll division games have Manchester Contractors (0-2) taking on Monroe Construction (1-1) at 4 p.m. and Farmers & Merchants Bank (1-1) going up against A.P. Boone (0-2) at 6 p.m.
Travel division action Sunday has Monaghan's Pub against Shannon's Saloon (2-0) at 6 p.m.; while Greene Turtle takes on Wiley House (0-2) and Towson Sports squares off against MMaloney's Bar at 4 p.m.
* Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League will be back in action on Thursday after its midseason break last week.
The first-place Westminster Storm (10-2) will take on Carroll County Pools (8-6) at Carroll County Community College, while Mount Airy (9-4) plays host to A.G. Carry-Out, still winless at 0-12, at Prospect Park. Game times for both are 6:15 p.m.
A pair of 1:15 afternoon doubleheaders are slated for Sunday. C.C. Pools will be at Mount Airy, while Snydersburg (3-6) will visit the Storm at Landon Burns Park.
* In South Penn League action, Taneytown will play host to Thurmont twice this week beginning tomorrow night at 7 and again on Saturday night.