Greven Field hosts U12 Cal Ripken State Tourney

From left to right: (front) Joey Vullo, Jacob Tostrup, Milo Tucker, Eli Boxer, and Andrei Solzhenitsyn; (middle) Coach Jerry Tucker, Spencer Cobb, Kaiden McCarthy, Tanner Swisher, Joa Gibson and Derek Hodgdon; (back) Coach Matt McCarthy, Caleb Merrow, Cam Potwin, Cole Blodgett, Coach Todd Swisher, Hayden Andrews, and Coach Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Photo by Terry O’Brien

PROCTORSVILLE, Vt. – The Cavendish Recreation Department and local team Valley League once again played host to U12 Cal Ripken Baseball, this time for the State Championships at Greven Field Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30.

Manchester won the State Championship title Sunday, going undefeated throughout the tournament. The other competing teams were Lakes Region, Dresden, and Valley League. The tournament was a double elimination format similar to the district tournament last weekend.

Local team Valley League, which is made up of kids from Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, and Springfield, had a split day on Saturday, losing their first game against Dresden but winning later in the day against Lakes Region. They went on to play in the semifinals on Sunday against Dresden but lost, being knocked out of the tournament.

Cavendish Recreation Dept. Director Terry O’Brien was proud of the performance of the Valley League team throughout the season and especially proud that Greven Field was able to host both the district tournament last weekend and the state championship this weekend despite a disastrous April 15 flood that plunged the entire field under several feet of water.

“Compared to the way we started, the season has gone great. We were able to have our first home game on April 30. Being able to still host the districts and the states after what we saw that morning, I couldn’t have imagined it,” he said.

O’Brien credits many local volunteers, team parents, as well as local businesses who volunteered time and money to get the field back into shape. As for the success of the district and state tournaments, O’Brien praised team parents, saying, “They stepped up big time and we made a big success of it.”

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