BAR HARBOR — Acadian Youth Sports (AYS) held the 18th annual Marty Lyons Classic this past weekend. The little league tournament attracted 12 teams from around the state and one all the way from Massachusetts.
Eight teams competed in the major league tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds. They were the Acadian 9-10 team, a team from Beverly, Mass., Caribou, Ellsworth, Machias, Old Town, Pittsfield and Presque Isle.
In the minor league tournament for nine- and 10-year-olds, there were five teams: the Acadian 11-12 team, Caribou, Machias, Pittsfield and the Mount Desert Island Falcons, a little league team separate from Acadian Youth Sports.
The tournament began the afternoon of Friday, July 29, on the baseball diamonds at the Bar Harbor Athletic Fields and lasted until the afternoon of the following Sunday, July 31. Typically, the tournament is held the first week of August, but AYS chose to hold it a week earlier this year.
The team from Massachusetts won the major league tournament, defeating Caribou 10-1 in the final game. Machias beat the Acadian team to win the minor league tournament.
The MVP titles were given to Liam Dickson from the Beverly team in the major league tournament and to Kashman Seeney in the minor league.
Almost 50 volunteers came out to help with the event, assisting with umpiring, keeping the scorebook and managing the snack shack.
“They’re fantastic,” said Acadian Youth Sports Director Kyle McKim about the volunteers. “You can’t thank somebody enough for coming out and doing something, taking time out of their own schedule in the middle of the summer on a weekend.”
McKim said he wanted to thank everyone who contributed to the event – volunteers, community supporters and all the participants in the games.
“It takes a village, it really does. We would not be able to do it without everybody that helps,” he said. “It’s such a big thing to plan, and when everybody’s so willing to help from a community standpoint, it makes everything so much better.”