Day 5 of my Rhode Island Baseball Field Relay Bike Ride had me starting in the southernmost baseball field in the State of Rhode Island (as far as I know). Westerly National Little League’s home field complex is Trombino Field. The fields are dedicated to Eugene “Gene” Trombino for, as the memorial plaque reads “his dedication and tireless commitment to Westerly National Little League.” The memorial plaque and commemorative rocks are located on the hill behind the concession stand, with a gorgeous view of the many baseball and softball fields located on the Trombino Field Complex.
Trombino Field is located off Dunns Corner Road and Moorehouse Rd in Westerly. The fields, the concession stand, the grounds – they are all in ready to use, ready to play condition. You can see the effort of the Westerly baseball community to make sure Trombino is kept to a high standard of excellence. Art Burton, the Vice President of Westerly National Little League, agreed to meet up with me at Trombino on Monday morning. When I arrived, he greeted Rachel and myself with a friendly handshake and tons of great news about Westerly baseball. Art is a proud member of the Westerly baseball community who assists with the fields, coaches teams, and helped organize this season’s Challenger program. His accomplishments in the Challenger program really impressed me and I congratulate Art and all of Westerly baseball for making baseball available for players of all abilities.
From Westerly, I hopped on my bike and headed north, “Trekking” up steep hills and through the wooden sections of Westerly, through Bradford, over the Pawcatuck River, passed the Richmond Country Club Golf Course, into Hope Valley, then onto Main St. and landed at Chariho Little League’s Dow Field. It was about 12 to 13 miles of challenging rides but very rewarding when I pulled in just about 1 hour after Westerly. Fall is such an awesome season for bike riding and I really enjoyed this ride. We don’t have hills like this in North Kingstown, for sure.
James Dow Memorial Field is located on Main St. in Hope Valley. This section of Main St is Route 3, which you can use to head North to Exeter and beyond. Dow features several baseball and softball fields in a really quaint, country setting. I love their concession stand area with extended picnic table seating and (sort of) luxury box views of the majors field. Chariho Little League is the 2019 District 3 12U Champions and they competed in the 2019 State Title this past summer. The majors fields is Popiolek Park and was in ready to play condition when I arrived Monday morning. There is plenty of seating, plenty of parking, plenty of character at James Dow Memorial Park. Great visit to Chariho Little League.
From Chariho, I hopped back onto Route 3 and began a very challenging climb to Exeter. I think it was quite possibly 75% uphill with a few short breaks, straightaways, and down hill spots. Again, I want to thank the team at NBX Bikes for tuning my bike up and making sure my Trek was ready for any conditions. This ride is about discovering Rhode Island and linking fields from community to community. I kept telling myself that as I worked my way up Route 3, passed the Exeter Scrap Metal, the road to Arcadia (165/138), then down 102 to Wawaloam School and Exeter West Greenwich Little League’s home fields.
Exeter West Greenwich Little League is located off Route 102/Ten Rod Road in Exeter, next to Wawaloam School. The school staff and students were on the blacktop behind the school enjoying class and the fall weather when I arrived at the field. EWG is always a great baseball experience for myself and my baseball sons. They have 4 baseball fields for a wide range of age levels, including a dedicated Tee Ball field. The Majors Field is Joan Tourgee Field and is the field directly across from the elementary school. This EWG complex features snack bar, tons of seating, the wooden backdrop of Exeter, and awesome sponsorship signage throughout the park. EWG has amazing volunteers who work so well with the community of Exeter and West Greenwich to provide youth sports like baseball. EWG is also a very active league in terms of donations and charitable events. It is a special league in Rhode Island and a role model for volunteering and community service.
Day 5 featured Westerly National, Chariho, and Exeter West Greenwich Little League parks. The wooden backdrops at each field reminded me that Rhode Island has such beautiful landscapes throughout the state. We love the ocean here in the Ocean State, yes. However, the country feel and calmness of this southern section of Rhode Island is just incredible to bike ride through. Make sure you bring an extra granola bar or energy drink to get up those hills. Challenging and very rewarding accomplishment on this 20+ mile journey from Westerly to Exeter.
All for now. Next stop will be Cragan Field, home of East Greenwich Little League.