Mom, baseball and apple pie — classic Americana. This July, there will be plenty of moms and plenty of baseball in the town of Plainfield, Indiana when the 2014 Little League Major Boys State Tournament descends on the Al & Jan Barker Sports Complex. No word yet on whether or not apple pie will be served at the concession stand.
Fourteen teams will take the field and up to 5,000 spectators will fill the bleachers from July 19-24. What can they expect from the host facility? The Al & Jan Barker Sports Complex, which opened in 2011, has four regulation Little League fields, a concession stand and — important to this mom — indoor plumbing! Speaking from our family’s experience at a recent soccer tournament at the complex, the bathrooms are well-maintained and clean.
Drawing this tournament was part of the vision when the town of Plainfield and the Plainfield Optimist organization worked together to build the complex, which also includes three football fields and 17 soccer fields.
Mark Commons, Little League’s District 8 Administrator, said Plainfield was chosen to host this year’s state tournament because of the quality of the facility, the ability to play four games at once and having the Splash Island Family Waterpark nearby to provide a destination for visiting families.
The complex is located just off Main Street in Plainfield, making it easy for Little League families and other users of the complex to get to a multitude of restaurants and several nearby hotels.
The Little League Major Boys State Tournament is free and open to the public. The winner of the tournament will represent Indiana in the Great Lakes regional tournament, to be held this year on the east side of Indianapolis. The winner of the Great Lakes tournament will earn a spot in the Little League World Series.