TILTON — In the first-ever TB24 Memorial Tournament, the Danville Post 210 Speakers did what they were supposed to do.
Danville cruised to the title with a 12-0 win over Rantoul in the championship game of the only regular-season tournament hosted by Post 210.
For the first four years, it was known as the Crossroads Tournament, but a year ago, the name was changed to honor for Post 210 coach Tyler Brennan, who lost his life in an automobile accident on April 17, 2018.
"There is no doubt that this is my favorite tournament of the year,'' said Danville manager Allan Shepherd. "First off, we are at home and this tournament gives everyone a look before the postseason tournament.
"Ultimately, we want to honor and have a good tournament for TB.''
Five of the six teams in this year's tournament are from the Fourth Division, which makes this almost practice run for those squads.
Competing this weekend will be Charleston, Danville Post 210, Ford/Iroquois County, Lincoln and Rantoul along with Crawfordsville from Indiana.
"Crawfordsville is the only team that is not in our division,'' Shepherd said. "And, these are most of the top teams in our division with the exception of Mattoon.''
Actually, according to Shepherd, Mattoon would have been here weekend, but they received an invitation to play in tournament down in Columbia, Tenn. Other Fourth Division teams this year include: Champaign, Decatur, Eureka, Piatt County and Shelby County.
"Our goal this weekend is to let the teams in our Division know that we are still the team to beat,'' said Danville Post 210 veteran Chase Vinson, who is . "We don't want that TB Trophy going anywhere else.''
Vinson and Ernest Plummer are the only two players left from the Post 210 teams that were coached by Brennan. The last was the 2017 squad, which was the first of two Great Lakes Regional runner-up teams.
"The best thing about this tournament is that every team knew Tyler and we're going to have fun battling for that trophy,'' Shepherd said. "We have a lot of new kids on our team, but they still know who he was and what he meant to this program. It's not a must-win, but that trophy has his name on it and I want it.''
Tyler Brennan's parents Rob and Tina Brennan will be honored before today's first game at 10 a.m. Additionally, his little brother, Jacob, and little sister, Aubree, will be throwing out ceremonial first pitches.
Danville Post 210 will play Crawfordsville in that opening 10 a.m. game at Gruber Park. The Speakers will also conclude Thursday's action with a 6 p.m. game against Ford/Iroquois County, a team that defeated Danville 6-5 on June 8th.
TB 24 Tourney
When — today, Friday and Saturday
Where — Gruber Park, Tilton
Defending champion — Danville Post 210 Speakers
Competing teams — Charleston, Crawfordsville (Ind.), Danville, Ford/Iroquois, Lincoln and Rantoul