In its inaugural season, the East Georgia Cal Ripken League is hoping to make a splash at the state tournament in Austell, Ga.
On Saturday and Sunday the league, which plays at Grovetown’s Liberty Park, will be represented by its 8-and-under and 10-and-under All-Star teams.
For board member Kevin Rosier, having two teams in the postseason at the end of the first year was just a bonus.
“It’s definitely a successful season,” said Rosier. “If our teams make it past state it would be a huge cherry on top – with whipped cream. The biggest thing was that the overwhelming majority of families were happy and excited with what we’ve done with the league.”
In both the 8U and 10U divisions, the top two teams in the six-team field advance to the Southeast Regional. The regional is the end of the line for the 8U group, with the 10U winner advancing to the Cal Ripken World Series, or as it’s known, “The Road to Aberdeen (Md.).”
The league had 250 families participate, which worked out well.
“It was small enough to where we had a good grasp on it and it wasn’t big enough that we were all totally overwhelmed,” said Rosier, who would like to see the league grow to over 300 next year. “It was a good size for our first season.”