The Boulder National Invitational 19U Baseball Tournament may be down to just 24 teams this time, but it is still alive with local flair in its 12th year.
Diamond Baseball of Boulder, which recently shifted its focus entirely to Boulder’s youth baseball community through the Boulder Bisons, will still be running the show at Scott Carpenter Park and at four other locations throughout the area starting Wednesday morning with pool play.
Holy Family, Peak to Peak (Pumas Baseball), Monarch, Centaurus and Longmont-Erie (known as the NoCo Roughnecks) will be involved, and host sites for early rounds will include Centaurus, Peak to Peak and Holy Family. Golden High School will also host some games.
The tournament has always been known for bringing some top American Legion baseball teams as well as club teams filled with a mix of varsity and post-high school players.
This year’s pool of teams includes several different squads from the Slammers and Gameday organizations, notable high school teams like Cherry Creek, Rock Canyon and Grandview, Pueblo Loaf n’ Jug, and the Regina White Sox from Canada.
Wednesday’s opening slate begins at 9 a.m., with pool play contests scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday — though there are no games at Scott Carpenter on Wednesday. Sixteen teams will make a single-elimination bracket for the weekend, with the quarterfinals scheduled for Saturday and the semifinals and championship game scheduled for Sunday.
Of note, each site will charge a gate fee of $5 per day for adults and $3 per day for youths from 6 to 18 years of age. Veterans, seniors (65 and older) and kids under 6 years old will not be charged.
For more information, visit www.diamondbaseball.org.