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By Carly Hill
BSW Contributor

West Nashville Sports League has announced dates for the upcoming Cal Ripken Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament for 10 year-olds. 

The event, which features State Champions from all over the southeast, begins play on Wednesday, July 20th with Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m. and two games beginning at 11:30 a.m. 

A total of eight games will be played on Wednesday (July 20th), eight on Thursday (July 21st), and four on Friday (July 22nd), with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi-finals later on Friday. 

The Nashville Baseball Academy team, playing all year within WNSL, is coached by Scott Hayduk and will play in the event as the Host Team. All games will be held at beautiful Edwin Warner Park.

“Local fans will be treated to some of the finest youth baseball anywhere,” said Roger Giles, Cal Ripken State Commissioner for Tennessee. “From the opening pitch on Wednesday morning to the finals on Saturday, spectators will be treated to good baseball and a fan-friendly atmosphere.” 

The regional tournament is the last step in the tournament process before winners will meet at the World Series, August 4-12 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

“The state champions from Virginia, North Carolina (Western and Eastern), South Carolina, Georgia, Florida (North and South), and Tennessee (East and West) will compete for the right to go to the Cal Ripken World Series for this age group,” said Giles.

Babe Ruth Baseball, and its Cal Ripken division for younger participants, is one of the largest baseball organizations in the world with over one million participants.

Bill Huggins, District Commissioner for Nashville Area Cal Ripken Baseball, recognizes how important it is to bring this event to Nashville. 

“It is indeed an honor and privilege for a local association to host this spectacular event,” said Huggins.  “Baseball fans are urged to come out to Edwin Warner Fields to see these talented young players in action”..”

Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch will be on hand for the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, July 20th at 10 a.m. Fans are welcome to come out to Edwin Warner Park to watch the competition; there will be no gate charge. 

West Nashville Sports League is one of the largest youth sports organizations in the Middle Tennessee area. WNSL hosts leagues and tournaments year-round in four different sports: baseball, flag football, basketball and indoor soccer. 

For more information about WNSL or the tournament, visit WNSL.org.

WNSL Plays Host to Regional Championships