The Rhode Island Little League State 11U tournament will be played in Smithfield Little League parks this summer. This 11U State tournament is an important stepping stone to the New England Regionals, held in Beverly, MA. Last year’s 11U winner, King Philip Little League, made it through the RI states and onto the New England Regionals, had a fantastic run in the Regionals and represented RI baseball in a big way. Great memories for those KPLL players, coaches, and families.
In speaking with Smithfield Little League, there are two field possibilities for the 11U tournament. Whipple Field and Deerfield Park are both used during the spring season for regular season Little League play. Both fields offer plenty of parking, seating, offer batting cages, and concession stands. The fields are always in great condition field wise and the league has done a really nice job making the fields at Whipple and Deerfield safe and presentable for league play. Stay tuned for an annoucement in the coming weeks on whether Whipple or Deerfield Park will be the host field for the 11U tournament.
Ron Lopes, District Administrator of Rhode Island Little League District 4, will be the tournament director. The State tournament is scheduled to start July 19th and run through the 25th, if needed. Good luck to all the players, coaches, and families as they compete in their district tournaments, then onto the Rhode Island State 11U Championships at TBD, Smithfield Little League.
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