Roy Riggs and Wes Pate, two umpires from Sugar Land Little League, were recently selected for the 2012 East Texas State Tournament in Tyler, TX. Both men have umpired youth baseball for more than 25 years, and have been active volunteers in Sugar Land for the last four.
Only 20 umpires were chosen for this year’s tournament, and they were selected based on recommendations from their District Administrators, their knowledge of the game, and their skill as umpires. All State Tournament umpires are volunteers that travel at their own expense.
Riggs began umpiring in 1987 in Richmond and Sugar Land. Pate began in 1986 at Bellaire Little League before moving to Sugar Land in 1988. Both have umpired all levels of organized youth baseball and have helped trained countless other umpires. The two men returned to Sugar Land Little League as volunteers in 2009, and currently share the position of Umpire-in-Chief.
Texas East Little League was created in 2002 as a result of Little League Baseball asking that the State of Texas be split into two entities. Texas East consists of more than 200 leagues organized into 17 districts. Four State Tournament winners advance to the SW Regional Tournament in Waco, TX as the final stop before reaching the Little League World Series.
Sugar Land Little League, which is part of District 18, currently has close to 400 boys and girls participating in four age divisions. Games are played at City Park in Sugar Land. Additional information can be obtained at www.slll.org.