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Originally published: 2014-06-22 17:33:02
Last modified: 2014-06-22 17:33:02

Dicus tournament off to fast start

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

The sixth annual Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament got off to a fast start with 36 youth baseball and four youth softball teams descending on Boone Saturday.

The tournament, which helps raise funds for several baseball causes, but in particular for an indoor batting facility for the Watauga High School baseball and softball teams, could raise up to $13,000, according to tournament director Bill Dicus.

The fund for the indoor batting facility is up to $65,000, which is short of the estimated $150,000 needed.

"We try to help out every level of youth baseball," Dicus said. "We'll by machines for machine pitch for parks and rec. If we have a baseball family that's in need, we will do that. This year, we are buying the coaches uniforms for the parks and rec's all-star teams. Anything that is related to improving youth related baseball in this county is what we're about."

This year, the tournament has been about having teams come from as far as Shelby and Abington, Va., to play in the tournament. The tournament started at 8:30 a.m. and went through 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The brackets for Sunday's games were determined by how the teams fared in pool play. The championship games are at 6 p.m.

Dicus said that by noon on Saturday, things were going smoothly.

"So far, all we've had is a bunch of kids really enjoying themselves playing baseball," Dicus said. "I tell our volunteers that whenever we have this many people involved with fans and umpires and coaches, somebody's not going to be happy and we have got to do our best to present a positive image to it and try to make them happy."