One of the bigger baseball events of the summer opens Friday as the Halifax County Dixie Youth Baseball League hosts the 14th Annual Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball O-Zone State Tournament and the 6th Annual Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch State Tournament at the Day Complex in South Boston.

A total of 18 teams including a pair of Halifax County teams will be competing for the state tournament championships, with the eight teams in the O-Zone division also competing for a World Series berth.

Halifax County American will play its first game in the Coach-Pitch state tournament at 6 p.m. Friday. If Halifax County American wins, it will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Should Halifax County American lose its opening game, it will play at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Halifax County American O-Zone all-star team will play its first game at 8 p.m. Friday. Should Halifax County American win that game, it will play at 8 p.m. Saturday. If Halifax County American loses its game on Friday, it will play at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

An opening ceremony featuring all of the competing teams will be held Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Five games will be played in the Coach-Pitch State Tournament on both Friday and Saturday, with the first game on Friday starting at noon and the first game on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Three games are scheduled for Sunday, with games set for 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The O-Zone State Tournament has four games on tap on both Friday and Saturday, with the first game on both days starting at 2 p.m. Three games are slated for Sunday, with games set for 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission for Friday’s games will be $6 per person for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. For the remainder of the tournament, admission will be $5 per person for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12.

Tournament officials wish to remind fans that plan to attend the tournaments that no outside food, drinks or coolers will be allowed at the complex during the tournament. Teams will be allowed one team cooler.

A concession stand will be in operation throughout the tournament at which fans may purchase food, drinks and snacks.

No coolers, grills, alcoholic beverages, pets, bikes, scooters or skateboards are allowed in the complex. The complex is a smoke-free facility, and no smoking will be allowed in the complex.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com