HOLTVILLE — With the greed and attitude that surrounds professional baseball, the purest form of the game may be played on Little League fields.
Enter a pro dugout and the last thing on many players' minds is having a good time. But enter one of the dugouts at the Little League field at Mack Park here at 7:30 tonight and having fun is what will be on the minds of almost all the athletes competing in the 9- to 10-year-old team inter-city championship.
Six teams from around the Imperial Valley: Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Holtville, Seaview — made up of players from Westmorland and Calipatria — and Sunbeam began the quest for a title in the double-elimination tournament, but only Brawley and Calexico remain.
To get to the tournament each team battled through its own city competition, which started the first weekend of March.
For every team like Brawley, undefeated in the tournament, there is a team like Seaview, knocked out of the competition in its second game. Then there is a squad like Holtville, which kicked off the tournament with a win but lost its next two games and was eliminated Thursday by El Centro.