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Saugus Babe Ruth to host 15’s state tournament starting Friday

The Saugus Babe Ruth 15's will compete in the state tournament at World Series Park starting Friday. They are (back row from left) coach Ed Azzari, manager Matt Marcom, Joe Cerami, Nick Degusto, Zack Rizzo, Nate Marcom, Colin Ronan, Tommy Falasca, Massimo Ventre, coach Paul Ventre, coach Tom Falasca. Front row from left are Matt Ruggiero, Kamden Carter, Matty Robbins, Michael Azzari, Anthony Cicolini, Tyler Santoro. Missing from photo are Nick Sacco, Kyle McLaughlin and coach Chuck McLaughlin. (COURTESY PHOTO FROM JENNIFER FALASCA)

SAUGUS — The Eastern Massachusetts Babe Ruth 15-year-old State Tournament will be held at World Series Park in Saugus starting Friday and running until July 13. Weekday games will start at 5:30 p.m, while weekend games will start at noon, 2:30 and 5. The championship game is scheduled for July 13 at 2 p.m. This marks the third state tournament hosted at World Series Park. Teams from Arlington, Lexington, Lynn, Newton, Peabody and Saugus will compete in this double-elimination tournament.

Wheelabrator Saugus is sponsoring the tournament.  The renewable energy company has been a longtime community partner, repeatedly stepping up to support many efforts that involve Saugus’ youth. Wheelabrator sponsored the previous state tournaments at World Series Park.  Admission to the tournament is free, thanks to Wheelabrator’s sponsorship.    

Bob Davis, World Series Park superintendent said, “We very much appreciate Wheelabrator Saugus’ offer to sponsor the Babe Ruth State Tournament. Their ongoing involvement in the Saugus community is very commendable and we feel fortunate to be a recipient of their generosity.  We’re very excited to be hosting the state tournament again. This is good for Saugus and good for Saugus Babe Ruth.”

The tournament will kick off with an opening ceremony, which starts Friday at 5. Those who’ll speak at the opening ceremony are State Commissioner Mark Matanes, State Senator Brendan Crighton, State Representative Donald Wong, Saugus Town Manager Scott Crabtree, Saugus Babe Ruth President Matt Marcom, Wheelabrator Saugus Plant Manager Dwight Beatty and True Vine Pastor Brendan Allison. Others will be introduced. The Lynn English Marine Corps ROTC Color Guard will also participate and Kim Tobey will sing the National Anthem.  Wheelabrator’s Dwight Beatty will throw out the first pitch. After the opening ceremony, Eastern Massachusetts North Tournament Champion Lynn will take the field against Saugus in the tournament’s first game. 

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