By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
AS a part of the celebrations for their 30th anniversary, Freedom Farm will hold a 12-and-under International Invitational Tournament next weekend at Freedom Farm.
The tournament is scheduled to be held from Thursday to Sunday and will be played between Freedom Farm, the Junior Baseball League of Nassau, Legacy Baseball, Grand Bahama Little League and the visiting US Virgin Islands.
“We thought that we would have a challenge between the Bahamas and the USA and then we decided to invite Grand Bahama, who will be bringing two teams,” said Greg Burrows Sr, the founder of Freedom Farm.
“We also got confirmation from the Junior Baseball League of Nassau, who also decided that they will enter a team as well. So we have turned it into an international tournament.”
Burrows said the tournament will also give Freedom Farm a chance to look at its players, who could have the potential to play in the Bahamas Baseball Association’s National Championships and the Carl Ripkin Little League World Series.
“The US Virgin Islands team did very well in the qualifying tournament for the region last year, so I expect the competition to be pretty tough from those guys,” he said. “They also play well in Little League, so this will definitely give us a good indication of where we are as we try to assemble our team for the regional tournament.”
Freedom Farm will be represented by the host team from Freedom Farm and their All-Star team.
Games are slated to begin at 3pm Friday and continue all day on Saturday. The highlight of the day will be the match-up between Freedom Farm and the US Virgin Islands live on ZNS television at 2pm on Saturday.
The final of the tournament, sponsored by Aliv, will be played on Sunday.