Watch Those Arms: Pitch counts and arm care were big topics at the tournament, with each of the 32 teams guaranteed at least five games and playing as many as eight if they advanced to the championship game.

With many teams headed directly to another tournament, coaches kept a close eye on their young hurlers.

“The game we just played I used five pitchers just to keep everyone under 20 pitches,” said Jack Stewart, coach of the Gamers from Georgia. “Fortunately for us our kids are strike throwers and that keeps everyone from being overused. We’re playing in the WWBA national tournament this weekend in Georgia, so we’ll spread the work around.”

Wood Vs. Metal Bats: Summer tournaments afford players the chance to use wood bats, and many seemed to enjoy the feel and sound of hitting balls squarely.

“I like wood better because it helps you square the ball up so when you go back to aluminum if you miss hit the ball a little bit you’re still getting a good piece of the ball,” said Dalton Strickland, a center fielder, shortstop and pitcher for the East Cobb Astros from Georgia. “It helps your swing, too. The bat’s a little heavier, so it helps you get stronger and quicker.”

“I love using the wood bat because you get a more realistic idea of how far you’re hitting the ball,” said Michael Hotcaveg, an infielder who played for Team Elite Select from Athens, Georgia. “With wood it’s more pure strength if you’re going to get a hit than metal. I love the way it sounds coming off the bat, too.”