Aquidneck B/R 15 y/o All Stars - 2017 finalists in State Tournament

Updated Tuesday February 27, 2018 by WBB.

Aquidneck Island reaches championship game, finish as Runners Up in RI State Tournament

Players from the Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth Babe Ruth leagues joined forces to form a 15 year old Aquidneck Island All Star team and participated in a week long State Babe Ruth Tournament held at War Memorial Field in Middletown during July 2017. Portsmouth Babe Ruth players selected and participating were OF Braden Anderson, 2B/P John Bliss and 1B Ryan Clarke; Coach George Anderson assisted the team.

The Aquidneck Island club finished with a 3-win and 2-loss record as the eventual Runners Up team for the tournament.  The team started the week strong with a big 6 - 4 win over Warwick PAL (2-time defending state champs) and then a 17- 3 win against Coventry.  They next faced North Providence-Smithfield and dropped that tight game 3 - 2 against the eventual tournament winners.  The loss dropped the Aquidneck team down to the losers bracket where they again had to face Warwick PAL.  Warwick PAL put up a good fight but behind strong defense, pitching and timely hitting Aquidneck Island pulled out a 4-2 win to advance to the state final.

Aquidneck Island battled in the championship game but fell behind early and was never able to catch back up against a well-disciplined N. Prov.-Smithfield squad.  Catcher Dylan Stahl, from Newport, was awarded the outstanding sportsmanship player award for the tournament. RI tournament champs N.Prov.-Smithfield then competed in the New England Regional, finishing in second place.