Bennington Little League prepares for district tournament


BENNINGTON >> This weekend, Bennington Little League 11-12 and 9-10 year old all-star teams will compete in their district tournament.

Both teams will face Brattleboro squads, with the winner advancing to the Vermont state tournament.

The 9-10 year old tournament will be a best of five series, while the 11-12 year old tournament is a best of seven series.

"This is a very fun time for our kids to get the opportunity to compete for a district and possible state title," said Bennington Little League President Geoff Metcalf. "We were fortunate last year to have a state champion and hopefully we can have a successful postseason run this year."

Last year Bennington's 9-10 year old squad won the state championship for the first time in the program's history and got a chance to play in the Eastern regional tournament down in Cranston, RI.

During their run to a state championship last season, Bennington got to host the tournament and could get the chance to host again this year, if the 11-12 year old team wins their district tournament over Brattleboro.

Hosting the tournament last year was not just big for Bennington Little League, but also for the town itself.

"Being able to host last year was great for our program and it also brought a lot revenue to the local businesses," Metcalf said. "You had a lot of families come from the north to support their kids and that brought more visitors to Bennington. Hosting also brought more locals out to the field to watch us play and that made it even more special when we won the state championship because it was a true hometown celebration."

If Bennington were to host the 11-12 year old Vermont state tournament, it would be held the weekend of July 23rd.

The 9-10 years old Vermont state tournament will be held up at St. Johnsbury.

With having one of their all-star teams win a state championship and the success the league has had this year during their spring season, Metcalf hopes that continued success will bring more kids to join the league.

"I think the success we have been having has brought more fun to the game for the kids and that's the most important thing about it," Metcalf said. "If we continue to be a successful program and the kids continue to show they're having fun, it should help us get more kids in the area to sign up to play baseball."

As the focus now switches down to Brattleboro where both game one district tournament games will be held today, both Bennington all-star teams are ready to create another special summer for the league and most importantly can't wait to get on the field to have some fun.

"Our goals are always to win our district and then make a run at a championship in the state tournament, so our kids are ready to compete and have fun," Metcalf said. "With our success last year, a lot of our kids saw how much fun playing the game of baseball is and we hope that we continue that trend this postseason."

With both game ones being played in Brattleboro two, game two of both series will be held in Bennington on Sunday.


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