Kids, with smiles on their faces, accepting trophies on championship Sunday. That, Doug Posdon said, is the most rewarding part of organizing a baseball tournament.

“That’s real special,” Posdon said.

The Battin’ in the Bridgers baseball tournament was scheduled for pool play all day Friday and Saturday with the championship and consolation brackets slated for Sunday. The 11- and 12-year-olds will play mostly at Christie Fields in south Bozeman and the 9- and 10-year-olds will play at Babcock Fields near Hyalite Elementary School.

Posdon, the tournament’s co-director, said last year’s tournament included 23 teams. But with a “surge of interest” in the region, a 9-U division was added and the field is up to 36 teams, a record for the tournament.

Posdon said only one Babcock field was playable this time last year. So in late fall, the Bozeman Baseball Association began working to improve the fields’ surfaces. Posdon said professionals were hired to treat the soil, and materials and labor were donated for roofs on the dugouts instead of tarps previously used.

Posdon added Bozeman Baseball Association has enjoyed its community support as more than 50 volunteers are assisting with the Battin’ in the Bridgers Tournament.

“It’s going to be quite an affair, and we have a real full slate,” Posdon said. “It’s been quite an endeavor driven almost all by our volunteers.”

Posdon fell in love with baseball growing up just outside of Philadelphia. It carried with him, and now his 10 and 12 year old have a passion for it as well and are playing this week. Posdon enjoys the individual aspect of baseball, but he hopes his kids learn skills like teamwork through the sport.

“It builds a strong sense of community,” Posdon said. “It’s Bozeman putting its best foot forward.”

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.