The AABC Don Mattingly 17U World Series held its opening ceremony Monday at the Z-Plex Texas Sports Village, which is formerly known as the Melissa Sports Facility.


Melissa’s Mighty Cardinal Band performed for the event, which featured a home run derby and more. The event, which will continue through Sunday, features 19 top Select teams hosted by Melissa Sports LLC, Five Tool Baseball and the South Plains Region of the American Amateur Baseball Congress.


“These young men are some of the best baseball players in the nation,” Paul Anderson, CEO of Melissa Sports LLC, said previously in a press release announcing the double elimination tournament. “They make a commitment to the sport that many times leads to a college scholarship or a contract with professional baseball teams. They will put on a baseball showcase that is rarely seen in the North Texas area. At the same time, these young men will be displaying the best in teamwork and character.”


Each of the visiting teams will also be increased by one local honorary player for the tournament from the Down’s Syndrome Guild of Dallas and Melissa ISD’s Special Education Department. In addition, members of the Career Technology Education program at Melissa High School will be trained in the state-of-the-art scoreboards at both locations, creating in-game programming.The Don Mattingly World Series is one of several national-level tournaments held for top-level teams at different age levels.


A one-day pass with entry to all fields is $5 and a five-day pass is $20.