Ida had enough players this year to field two teams in the 62nd annual Monroe County Fair baseball tournament.

Children were classified according to age on Ida Blue and children on Ida Gold.

The draw for the tournament pitted both Ida community sides against each other on the first day on Saturday.

“It makes it exciting,” Ida Gould coach Eric Mason said. “We knew it would be a great opportunity to play them. The kids were excited to play it.”

Age meant little on a diamond.

Ida Gold led their senior counterparts throughout the game but never trailed as Ida Blue held on for a 6-5 victory.

Ida Blue's Cole Brown pitches against Ida Gold in the first inning during the 62nd annual Monroe County Fair baseball tournament on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

“It was a good win,” Ida Blue coach Mike Brown said. “It was a good game for both of us. We played right down to the wire.”

Both coaches agreed that the outcome was never predetermined.

“They’re good ballplayers,” Brown said. “They’re a really good team.”

“They knew we were a strong team,” Mason said. “I know our guys were ready to play.”

The game ended prematurely after only five innings as per time regulation. It was a disappointment for Ida Gould, who scored twice in the top of the fifth and loaded the bases.

Ida Gold's Parker Mason slides home to score on a wild pitch against Ida Blue during the 62nd annual Monroe County Fair baseball game Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Mason felt the momentum was on his team’s side.

“We were coming,” he said. “We were struggling and trying to do it. I think we just needed more time. But, in the end, if we had been more aggressive with the batsmen earlier, it would have taken care of itself and we wouldn’t have had to worry about time. “