Hosting Ripken regional tournament 'the pinnacle' for Waynesboro baseball league

June 29, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Ten youth baseball teams from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland are headed to Waynesboro in early August for a regional competition for the Cal Ripken Youth Baseball League.

“For the mid-Atlantic region, which is what we’re in, this is the top. This is the pinnacle,” John Steiger said, adding that the children have worked all season to qualify for the tournament.

Waynesboro Youth League’s team of 11-year-olds will join the region’s top teams in the tournament, which will feature 26 games.

“Teams will arrive Aug. 5, and we’ll start games that evening,” said Steiger, president of the Waynesboro Youth League.

Games continue through Aug. 10 at the fields off Clayton Avenue.

Volunteers from the youth league have gathered information about area hotels for families traveling to Waynesboro, which has never hosted a regional youth baseball competition before. It has hosted districts and states.

“From an economic standpoint, bring them here. We will gladly accommodate what they need,” said Carlene Willhide, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Willhide said the youth baseball event provides opportunities similar to the Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show, which was held in Waynesboro for the first time this year. She said visitors can see the beauty of the area and discover local businesses.

With a few other big events scheduled in coming weeks, Steiger said the facilities are going to be undergoing general cleanup, sod replacement and concession stands stocked. He said families from the youth league are dedicating their time to the efforts, and businesses are serving as sponsors.

“We’d love to have a big crowd, especially supporting the Waynesboro team.... They get to travel, play some ball and live dreams,” Steiger said.

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