Tournament for 8 year olds hosted by Beth-WoodUpdatedSaturday July 29, 2017 byPhilip Marcoux.
On July 26th we witnessed one of the most exciting games ever played in a 8’s Friendship Tournament Championship game between Danbury and West Hartford … West Hartford bolted out of the gate with 6 runs in the bottom of the first and held an 8 – 1 lead going into the top of the 6th inning – however with 2 outs, the Danbury Players did not quit, their bats came alive and before you knew it, Danbury had closed the lead to 8 – 7 with men on 1st & 2nd before West Hartford was able to record the final out to capture the title. What a great game played by these youngsters --
So our congratulations to WEST HARTFORD as they captured the 2017 8’s Friendship Tournament Championship by a score of 8 – 7 … This is a repeat as they also won it last year as well !!
The Championship Bracket can be accessed here: Bracket
The Final Game Schedule with the results can be accessed here: Schedule.
For those Towns who have not participated in this before, the format of this Tournament is fairly simple – depending on the number of Teams entered, we will split the Teams into an American League / National League Division, then each Team will play each other hopefully once in a round – robin format (total of 8 games) in their respective League Divisions (each Team will have an equal number of home and away games). Based upon the Team’s record in round robin play, they will be seeded accordingly ; each Team will then play in a single elimination Tournament played at our Beth - Wood complex in Woodbridge (Tournament will start on or about Thursday, July 21st and will run through on or about July 31st), where the winner and runner up will receive trophies
This Tournament has always turned out to be a great deal of fun the past several years we have run it and the main focus is to give our younger kids an excellent opportunity to play some fun but competitive baseball, so they are ready to step up into All Stars when they are 9’s ; we also use a Louisville Slugger manual pitching machine in lieu of parents / kids pitching --
As a side note, we are neither looking for nor are we encouraging that each Town hold special try outs and only send their best 8’s as an All Star Team to play in this Tourney – above all, our main goal is to ensure this a fun / enjoyable experience for every Team that enters !! So please include ANY AND ALL 8’s who can commit / abide by the Tournament Rules and wish to participate (and if that means forming a 2nd Team, why not give those kids a chance to continue playing this great game of baseball this summer, which should be everyone’s goal, including filling your Team Rosters with some strong 7’s) !! Beth - Wood does it as do other Towns, so please be guided accordingly when forming your Teams --
So if you are interested, please share this with your respective League Coordinators (along with your 8 - year old Coaches) and get back to my attention on or before May 6 th , so we can start getting this Tournament organized - our goal this year is to potentially add a few more Teams this year to get up to 20 !! We plan to hold an informational meeting with all Teams wishing to participate the week of June 13th in Woodbridge (final date / time TBD) so we can go over the Tournament Rules and address any questions that might come up - stay tuned for any updates on this … Certainly appreciate your interest and hope to hear from many of you soon …
Dwight C. Rowland
President, Beth– Wood Baseball
Cell : 203-215-0266