The Spanish Springs Cal Ripken League hosted four different age-group tournaments last weekend at its complex in the valley north of Sparks. The local league has two more all-star teams ready for postseason play. Its 11 and 12-year-old all-star teams that play on fields with 60-foot bases both start tournament play in the coming days.
The Cal Ripken 11-year-old 60s will meet the winner of a game between Fallon and Sun Valley on Saturday. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Fallon’s Oats Park.
On Friday, the Cal Ripken 12-year-old 60s also play a first-round tournament game at Fallon’s Oats Park. Spanish Springs will meet Silver Stage at 8 p.m. in the tourney tilt.
“The kids are excited and ready to go,” Spanish Springs 12-60s manager Will Raymond said. “With the long practices and hard work we’ve put in, hopefully we’ll have something to show for it.”
The two Spanish Springs teams have great expectations to meet. Three of the four Spanish Springs teams that were in state play last weekend, won their tournaments and are advancing on to regional play later in the month.
“Our kids saw those other Spanish Springs kids at the state tournament on their home turf,” Raymond said. “That gives us some motivation. Now it’s our turn. The kids are anxous to get out there and see how well they stack up.”
The Sparks Babe Ruth Association also has a trio of teams gearing up for all-star play. Sparks Babe Ruth has 13-year-old, 14-year-old and 15-year-old all-star teams that will open postseason play later this week.
The 13-year-old State Babe Ruth Tournament is being held at Jack Tighe Field in Reno near Moana Stadium. The Sparks 13s will open tournament play there Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Elko. South Reno Babe Ruth is the tourney host.
The 14-year-old State Babe Ruth Tournament is being held at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. Sparks makes its first tournament appearance Saturday at 10 a.m. Carson Valley Babe Ruth is the tourney host.
The 15-year-old State Babe Ruth Tournament is being held at Governor’s Bowl and being hosted by Reno West. Sparks meets North Valley at 12:30 p.m. in both teams’ tournament opener.
“I’ve got a very loose group. I don’t know how talented they are but we’ve been having fun,” Sparks 15s coach Sean Higgins said. “Last year we played Reno West and South Reno our first two games and they played for the championship. We kind of got bit by the draw a little bit, but you have to beat those teams anyway.”