Bob Haney Memorial features 20 teams

Tourney startsFriday afternoonThe annual Bob Haney Memorial Baseball Tournament, a key element of any August Rendezvous in the Park celebration, will get underway Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. on four Colville fields.Ten teams will compete in the 12U portion of the tournament and 10 more teams are entered in the 10U (pool play). Colville 12U and 10U will host their respective tournaments, which will be played at the Colville City Park field and on three softball diamonds that have been converted to baseball fields at Vaagen Park.According to Tournament Director Bob Meshishnek, this is the third year that the Bob Haney Memorial has featured as many as 20 teams. “It’s a big tournament,” conceded Meshishnek, who has directed the tournament with plenty of help from a group of just over 40 volunteers for the past seven summers. “We could draw more teams and we have access to a couple more fields, but we just don’t have the volunteers to run that many fields.”Competing in the 10U tournament will be the host Colville All-Stars, Kettle Falls, Chewelah, Lakeland/Prairie, Whitefish, MT, Tri-County and four Spokane teams.The 12U field includes host Colville, a pair of Chewelah entries, Deer Park, Pend Oreille Valley, Orofino, Idaho, Rathdrum, Idaho, Kalispell, MT and a couple of Spokane clubs.Championship games are scheduled at noon on Sunday.Teams are guaranteed four games. Eight teams in the 20-team field will play as many as eight games during the three-day tourney run. For those counting at home, there will be upwards of 52 games played in 2 ½ days.The Colville 12U team will open their tournament run at 2 p.m. on Friday at the City Park field against Chewelah 11U. The Colville 10U All-Stars will follow up at 4 p.m. on the same field against Kettle Falls.The tournament is underwritten by the Colville Baseball Association, in cooperation with Colville Kiwanis, the Colville Chamber of Commerce and the city of Colville.