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August 2, 2013

Inaugural Panther Little League Invitational tournament begins this month

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“This is not a charity event, so we don’t expect to make money after we pay the umpires, supply game balls and buy trophies. There will be a big team trophy for the winning team along with individual trophies for each player on the winning and runner-up teams, and a tournament MVP trophy.”

Being a first-year tourney, Marsella said things are naturally still being fine-tuned. He said he’s glad to have Sarkis Sarkisian helping out — “he has a lot of connections and reacehd out to some cities and towns to help us fill out the field of teams” — and feels with declining numbers in many cities and towns that it’s important to promote youth baseball any way he can.

“Baseball is a great sport, and we felt this would be a nice way to give a lot of younger kids the opportunity to play in a fun tournament,” said Marsella. “We want to make this our own; we’re not trying to compete or take away from the Gallant Tournament (the annual youth baseball tournament held in Salem during the same time frame).

“We’ve got a great place in Harry Ball and have hosted (Massachusetts Little League) sectionals and states there, so we’re ready to take this on. I’m looking forward to getting it going. It’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it. “

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