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East Bay Eagles to Host Playoffs

The RI East Bay Eagles to play host to two New England AAU baseball championships in June.

The East Bay Eagles will host the New England Amateur Athletic Union (NEAAU) 11U Super Division New England League Baseball Playoffs and its 11U Open Division Baseball Final Four.

The event will be held at Carr Point Recreation Area in Portsmouth, also known as “The Eagles’ Nest.”

The 11U Super Division early rounds will include the top eight teams in New England and will be played June 9-10; the Final Four for both the 11U Super and 11U Open Divisions will be played June 16-17.

Last year the Eagles hosted the NEAAU 10U Open Division New England tournament and took home the tournament championship. The Eagles received great feedback during last year’s tournament, in particular for the event’s atmosphere and organization.

The Eagles have already qualified for this year’s playoffs by virtue of a first place regular-season finish. Eagles’ manager Tom Gower was proud of the Eagles’ selection.

 “It reflects well on our program,” he said. “When we hosted New England’s last year, we wanted to provide an excellent experience for all of the players because that’s who this is for. We’ll approach this in the same way that we do everything with our baseball club. We stress excellence in everything we do – from player selection, to our offseason training program and preseason practice, to game presentation and most importantly execution on the field.”

“It all comes down to planning - you need enough umpires and announcers to cover every game, you need concessions and restroom facilities, out-of-state teams need hotels, and then there’s the weather.”

 “This year’s parent group is very engaged with our program, very willing to pitch in and help.” The Eagles are also exploring community outreach options to recruit young persons who need to complete service hours to help, especially when the Eagles are playing.

Volunteers and local businesses interested in participating in this event are welcome to contact the RI East Bay Eagles at eastbayeagles@gmail.com or (401) 487-1403.

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