By MALIQUE WALLACE
THE boys will be back in town to participate in the 2023 Babe Ruth Baseball Caribbean Region 12-and-under Championships and the 16-and-under invitational, scheduled for July 20-24.
According to tournament director Greg Burrows Sr, teams will be participating from Anguilla, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Netherlands, Germany, Saba, St Eustatius, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
He says that this tournament is split into two divisions with the 12-and-under playing on the four fields at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with the winners advancing to the Cal Ripken Jr Major70 World Series at Ballparks of America in Branson, Missouri from August 3-12.
The 16-and-under teams will compete in their segment of the tournament in the new Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium.
“There will be a lot of teams all over the world that will come to the Bahamas to take part in the tournament,” Burrows said. “We expect a highly competitive tournament.”
He also said that this will be the first time there will be teams from Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, The Netherlands and The USA. All of these teams are mixed into the 12-and-under and 16-and-under divisions.
All teams are expected to arrive in the Bahamas on July 19, which is when the Invitational tournament will go on from July 20-24.
The Breezes resort is where all of the teams will be staying during their time in the Bahamas.
When asked if he believes that Team Bahamas can win the tournament, Burrows said it will be difficult to say.
But he is confident that they will be strong and well-trained enough to put their best foot forward to play.
Tickets for the five days of competition are priced at $65 for adults and $20 for children. However, single day tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $5 for children.