Welcome to the Summer Baseball Tournament season everyone. Whether it is a local, community tournament benefitting a charity or a huge regional tournament, these summer baseball tournaments are great for the Rhode Island economy. Hotels are booked for the weekend. Restaurants are booked for team meals. Coffee shops are cranking out java after java and bagel after bagel for hungry fans. Local artisan shops and clothing stores and retail stores are getting a huge bump in activity with more people shopping in our state. And this summer, travel in and out of the State of Rhode Island is not restricted for baseball teams from and outside of Rhode Island. So, here is a tournament that I will be keeping an eye on this week – The Firecracker Sports 4th of July Showcase Classic.
Here is a stat that will get your attention – 192 teams. If you add up the teams from the 13U to the 18/19U divisions, you get 192 teams that will be competing in the Firecracker Sports 4th of July Showcase Classic. Simply incredible. Teams from as far west as New York and New Jersey and from all over New England will be traveling to Rhode Island and Massachusetts for this event and are scheduled to play on some of Rhode Island’s top baseball fields. There are 5 divisions – 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U/17U, 18U/19U. Teams are guaranteed 4 games. This is a wood bat only tournament. Here is a list of Rhode Island based teams that will be competing this week:
- 13U – L & M Baseball; (2) Ocean State Outlaws (Monahan, Pereira)
- 14U – Bandits Baseball Club; New England Scorpions; Ocean State Makos; (2) Ocean State Outlaws (Albino, Daley)
- 15U – Bandits Baseball Club; New England Scorpions; (2) Ocean State Outlaws Showcase (Navy, White)
- 16U/17U – Bandits Baseball Club; Northeast Baseball; Ocean State Makos; Ocean State Outlaws Showcase
- 18U/19U – Bandits Baseball Club; Providence Sports and Leadership
You can find out all the information you need at Firecracker 4th of July Showcase Classic. On the website, you can find field locations, tournament schedule of games, standings, a complete roster of teams participating, and so much more. What an awesome way to kick off the Summer Tournament season here in Rhode Island with the Firecracker Sports 4th of July Showcase Classic. Good luck to all the Rhode Island players, coaches, teams, and families participating this week.
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