Little league Midway Lake Air Majors

Midway’s Patton Harris, left, beats the tag of Lake Air’s Valdin Mendez in the first inning. Midway beat Lake Air, 4-3, in a battle for the District 9 major baseball championship Wednesday at the Lake Air complex.

For nine area Little League clubs, summer vacation can wait.

It’s on to the sectional tournaments for those teams that claimed District 9 championships last week. Sectional play will begin on Wednesday, as teams try to qualify for the state tournament and keep their all-star seasons going.

West’s Little League Complex will serve as the host for the sectional softball action. Lake Air won the district championship in the majors (11-12) division, and will open up play at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday against the District 7 champion, out of the Fort Worth area. Those two teams, the only ones to advance to this particular sectional tournament, will meet again at 6 p.m. Thursday, with an if-necessary game slated for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Also moving on to sectional play in West are Midway, the district champ in the 8-10 girls division, and Lorena, the junior softball champion.

The Central Texas all-stars out of Killeen won the District 9 title in the senior softball division, but will bypass sectionals and advance on to state because there were no other sectional qualifiers in senior softball.

Midway opens up play at 6 p.m. Wednesday against the District 7 champ, while Lorena’s junior all-stars kick off their sectional run at 8:15 p.m. Thursday.

For the District 9 baseball champions, the sectional tournaments are slated for various locations. Midway’s major all-stars, which defeated Lake Air, 4-3, to win the district crown, are the only Central Texas club that will get to stay relatively close to home. Midway will open up against the District 5 champion at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday in West. Midway’s game will start right after the Districts 7 and 8 winners battle at 6 p.m.

West won the 8-10 baseball division and will head to Abilene for sectionals.

Midway won the 9-11 title and is bound for Fort Worth, as are the junior baseball champs from West.

Southern won the senior District 9 title and will venture to Abilene for sectionals.

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