Welcome and good luck to all teams playing in Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional

Today, Armagh Memorial Field and the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League welcome nine other teams from five states for the first day of the organization’s Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament for 15-year-olds. Play commences at 11 a.m. and there will be four games each day through Saturday, with a six-team single-elimination bracket deciding the winner on Sunday and Monday.

Mifflin County will be featured in the nightcap every day but Friday, when it has the day off.

It’s a fitting end to the all-star careers of Mifflin County’s team, which two years ago won the Babe Ruth World Series in its age group, a first locally.

It’s also a sound recognition of the league’s solidity, something that is becoming rarer both in youth baseball as a whole and in Babe Ruth in particular.

Mifflin County has been a dominant force in Pennsylvania Babe Ruth since the beginning of the millenium, not surprising in a community where baseball has long been a favored sport, and where Babe Ruth has been particularly strong.

Any number of people deserve recognition for making this so, starting with the coaches and managers who have stayed with the organization long past their own kids’ playing days. The folks who keep the fields up also deserve a nod.

You’ll have to pardon our favoritism if we look to our own Babe Ruth correspondent, Ray Wilde, as one of the major cogs in the system. No other sports program in the region gets the level of coverage as Babe Ruth, all because it’s a labor of love for Ray.

We welcome the teams from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and two others from Pennsylvania who will spend the next week in our community. We hope you like it as much as we do.

Good luck to all the teams. Play ball!