2018-04-05 / News

Town tapped for all-star tournament


Jake McNeil throws home during the 2017 all-star game for 10-year-olds at Lawn Avenue field. Cal Ripken Baseball announced it will return for the game in June. Jake McNeil throws home during the 2017 all-star game for 10-year-olds at Lawn Avenue field. Cal Ripken Baseball announced it will return for the game in June. For the second consecutive season, the hardball diamond on the school grounds will host 10-year-old all-stars from across Rhode Island during the Cal Ripken Baseball tournament in late June.

“This is a tribute to the hard work of our board and parent volunteers over the past four years,” said Chris Perrotti, president of the Jamestown Baseball Association. “Teams from all over the state will be competing at our Lawn Avenue field for a chance to win.”

During the weeklong tournament in 2017, which showcased nine games, players from leagues in Apponaug, West Warwick, Cranston and Providence’s Washington Park descended upon town to watch Jamestown win its first tournament game in more than two decades.

“We keep getting stronger and stronger each year,” Perrotti said.

The association this season will field five divisions, including the inaugural campaign in the Aquidneck Island Babe Ruth League. Other divisions are rookie ball, ages 4-6; development minors, 6-8; competitive minors, 8-10; and majors, 10-12. The rookie division encompasses T-ball and games in which the coaches pitch.

Frank Dorsi, an alternate board member with the association, is excited about the new Babe Ruth division, which allows teens ages 13-16 to represent their hometown.

“Our players are graduating from Cal Ripken and they still want to play,” he said.

Babe Ruth players should register on the league’s website no later than April 8. For minor league players who did not compete in the majors last year, a mandatory skills assessment is taking place from 8:30 to noon Saturday. Families with a scheduling conflict can e-mail Perrotti at cbperrotti@gmail.com.

The association’s board of directors meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday each month at the library, 26 North Road. Coaches and volunteers are needed.

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