A YOUTH BASEBALL COMPLEX IN LIBERTY, Mo. — I spend most of my summer weekends at the ballpark. Not the big, fancy ballparks where it’s $7 for some nachos but the youth baseball fields where you can find some of the best cheeseburgers and hot dogs for less than $5.

This past weekend I watched my 12-year-old brother play baseball for the first time since I came back from college. I always forget how excited I get for him. His team has been working on improving every tournament. They finished their first tournament of the season in 18th and finished this last tournament in fourth.

Every tournament, they get a bit closer to a championship. As May has ended and June has begun, several teams are looking for their chance to gain the title “Champions.”

Missouri State is set to host three Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

The MVC announced that Missouri State will host three championships in the 2019-20 school year.

MSU will host the women’s soccer championship, the women’s swimming and diving championships and the tennis championships.

Missouri State hosted the women’s soccer and tennis championships in the 2017-18 academic year. Both MSU teams won those titles. The Bears also hosted the Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbia, Missouri, in 2019, where they won their third conference title in a row.

The last year was a building year for the women’s soccer and tennis programs. Both teams had several underclassmen involved in the team’s matches.

I expect a big turnout for both sports in the fall, and several fans will most likely make the trip to Columbia next winter.

Drew Millas and Davis Schwab were drafted.

Talk about them and their ish.

The Women’s World Cup started on Friday.

The Women’s World Cup is one of my favorite sporting events, especially since the United States women’s team is so dominant. USA’s first game is Tuesday at 2 p.m. Central Time.

I’ve grown up loving the World Cup and the players on USA’s team. I went to camps as a kid and trained with Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Plus, being a former soccer player, it gives me a chance to remember why I loved the sport so much.

The high stakes and intensity of it all is one of the reasons it’s one of the world’s most popular sports.

The Women’s College World Series ended last week, and UCLA was the champion.

The Women’s College World Series ended last week with UCLA defeating Oklahoma. OU was looking for its third national championship in four years.

Softball is another sport I find so entertaining. It’s much more fast paced than baseball. Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball, but I once watched an ESPN Sports Science video comparing baseball and softball that explained scientifically the difference between softball and baseball.

Check out that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXEoK1dufbk

I also grew up playing softball as a kid, and we religiously watched the Women’s and Men’s College World Series.

The stakes tend to be higher for the softball players as well. Many baseball players who reach the College World Series are drafted. That isn’t the case for softball. It’s rare for collegiate softball players to play beyond their college years.

Sports Editor

Amanda Sullivan is the Sports Editor at The Standard. She is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a double minor in Spanish and criminology. She started writing for The Standard in January 2018 writing about various sports and taking photos.