WNSL Hosts Cal Ripken District Playoffs
By Carly Hill
Special to BSW
WNSL played host this past weekend to the 2016 Cal Ripken District tournaments for the seven-year-old and eight-year-old age groups. These tournaments are the first step for each team hoping to reach the state and regional tournaments.
“All of the area’s organizations take turns to play host, it was our pleasure to host the seven and eight year olds for the second consecutive year,” said Roger Maness, general manager of the WNSL, and tournament director.
Fourteen teams traveled to West Nashville’s Warner Park baseball complex to take part in the tournament. After 29 games over four days, congratulations to the champions: 7U Donelson All-Stars and 8U BSAA Tigers.
The runner-ups 7U Franklin Generals and 8U Hendersonville Select.
“This was a tremendous group of coaches, players and parents, in regards to sportsmanship and respect for their opponents, umpires and facilities,” Maness said.
These teams will move on to the Cal Ripken Rookie State Tournaments hosted over July 4th weekend around the state of Tennessee.
In July, WNSL will host the 10U Cal Ripken Regional Tournament (July 19 - 23), hosting teams from all over the southeast and the Bahamas.
“This is a tremendous honor for WNSL to host the regional tournament, this is our first year to host a regional tournament,” Maness said.
“I hope area residents and baseball fans will come out to enjoy the games and support these fine young athletes from all over the southeast,” he added.
Congratulations to the 9U Nashville Notes, coached by Philip Mullen, for winning their district tournament this weekend at Grassland Park! The Notes will represent WNSL in the State Tournament the first weekend in July at Giles County.
“This team has performed tremendously the entire year, both in WNSL league play and various weekend tournaments,” Maness said. “We look forward to them competing on the state, and hopefully regional level,” he added.
For more information, visit the WNSL website at www.wnsl.org.