Baseballs will fly at several fields in the area this weekend in support of the McMinn Central Knights.

A tournament featuring 29 travel teams ranging from north of Knoxville to south of Chattanooga will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Central middle school baseball team.

“It’s a pretty big tournament and it’s a good fundraiser for the baseball program,” said Knights Head Coach Donnie Cowart. “Any time you can get the high school program or middle school program or any program that’s non-funded money without having to bother area businesses is a plus. That’s the biggest reason why we’re doing it.”

The tournament will begin 9 a.m. Friday at Bicentennial Park with the high school-age teams. Age groups of 7, 8 and 10 years old will begin play Saturday at Bicentennial.

Also hosting action Saturday will be the McMinn Central High School and Sequoyah High School baseball fields, mainly for the older age groups.

Baseball will play from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The McMinn County High School field will join in as a host site on the final day Sunday.

“With bringing McMinn County into the schedule on Sunday, it should lessen our load a little bit on Sunday,” Cowart said.

Champions in each age division will be crowned Sunday evening.

Cost of admission is $10 a day for adults, $5 for students and free for children 10 years old or under.

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