Larry Leeds

Well, the summer is almost over! There have been several VFW State Baseball Tournaments already finished, and the Class B American Legion State Baseball Tournament starts today with the winner being crowned on Sunday.

In addition, the district tournaments for Class B amateur baseball teams begin this weekend. The District 4B Tournament begins on Saturday at Madison's Flynn Field, and it will feature the eight Cornbelt League teams; five will advance to the State Tournament in Mitchell in August.

If you haven't been to an amateur game this year, get out to Flynn Field this weekend or next week.

You will be seeing players (maybe your neighbor) who love the game of baseball and play for just that reason. They don't get paid millions (or at all). The players in the amateur game will always hustle and always attempt to make the play.

While at the games this weekend and next week, you will be able to treat yourself to some great concessions food that won't cost an arm and leg - no

$5 popcorn or $5 water at Flynn Field.

So, get out to a game, or two or three or four, at Flynn Field and see some outstanding players and plays for a fraction of the cost of a big league contest.

You will definitely enjoy your experience at Flynn Field watching amateur baseball.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.