Little Leaguers anxious for tournament

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer

As summer daylight stretches deep into eastern New Mexico nights, the area’s best young baseball players are using that extra daylight to begin their second season; the Little League All-Star District 3 tournaments.

The Clovis American 10-11-year-old All-Stars have been practicing for a few weeks, getting set for their opener Tuesday night against Roosevelt County.

“The kids are having a great time,” American assistant coach Todd Kuykendall said. “It’s fun for these guys to get together. They’ve been playing hard all season. They’ve been playing against each other and so now they come together on one team, it’s been great.”

“It’s going to be awesome,” 11-year-old American All-Star Tucker Dobbs said. “We’re all good hitters and we’ve really got some good pitchers. We play every day and it’s really fun.”

Krystie Tindle, American All-Star Kordell Tindle’s mom, says this part of the baseball season brings her whole family together.

“This is what our summer is all about,” Tindle said. “It’s a lot of fun.