Atkinson and the O'Neill Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors are hoping their strong seasons will continue at the area tournaments Friday through Tuesday.
Atkinson enters the Class C Area 1 tournament as the top seed in the eight-team bracket. They will take on Ainsworth Friday at 8 p.m. at Neligh's Riverside Park. If they are able to continue their winning ways, Atkinson will potentially play in the championship game Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Neligh.
O'Neill Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors enter the Class B Area 5 tournament as the second seed. The B5 tournament is set to be held in Wayne, with the Irish taking on the third-seeded Columbus Lakeview. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. The B5 championship game is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The state tournament begins July 16 with the winners of each area tournament. Class B plays in Sidney while Tri-County will host the Class C tournament.