This past summer, I had the great honor of covering the District Rounds for each Rhode Island Little League District (1, 2, 3, and 4). One such division (District 1) pitted two Cranston teams – Western vs. Eastern – in many of the age divisions, including the District 1 U10 Championship game. I got some great feedback from parents on social media from both Cranston Teams, and since I had covered Varrato Field (home of Cranston Western Little League) in previous blogs, I decided to take a drive out to the home of Cranston Eastern Little League – Speck Field.
Speck Field is located at the tail end of Cottage St (if you are coming in from Reservoir Ave). I parked at the end of Cottage and got a fantastic view of Speck, which features two Little League® size fields. The Town of Cranston had just finished landscaping the park and it looked baseball ready on this gorgeous September day. Both fields have plenty of seating and great views of the field, whether you sit in centerfield or behind the plate. There is a huge playground that is located just down the hill from where I parked and on the first base side of the lower left field.
Located on the lower field there are a number of memorial plaques and signs. On the batting cage area, there is a sign that read “Joe and Debbie Apostolico Baseball Training Facility.” Next to this batting cage area is a commemorative plaque. It reads “In Memory of John S McBurnie and Kenneth Paul McBurnie, Jr.” Just off to the left is a stand alone memorial which read “This Field is dedicated to Paul De Troia and Betty De Troia for services to the Youth of Cranston, RI.”
The infields, outfields, grounds, dugouts were clean looking and definitely well maintained. There was a nice breeze which pushed the USA and City of Cranston flags in motion together. The park was really easy to find and the view from the street was incredible. I enjoyed speaking with one of the grounds crew who had kids in the Cranston East Little League system for years. Speck Field was a great Rhode Island Baseball Experience and I was so happy to visit it on such a perfect day for baseball.
Website and Social Media for Cranston East Little League:
Website – Cranston East LL
Facebook – Cranston East Little League
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