Babe Ruth League Baseball attendance figures up from last year
Manchester's Nate Tall scores in the second against Vermont during Babe Ruth tournaments at Gill Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Connecticut's Corey Conderino, scores their 7th run in the top of the 7th against Vermont during Babe Ruth tournaments at Gill Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
“By the end of the third day this week we had surpassed last summer’s attendance mark in the 13-year-old regional,” said Manchester Babe Ruth League director Gary Ulbin. “I know last year we didn’t reach the thousand figure at all. I don’t have the numbers, but this year we’re going to exceed a thousand by a large margin.”
“I’m not knocking the 13-year-old level, but the 13-15-year-old level is a better brand of baseball,” said Ulbin. “These are kids who are already playing high school baseball, be it on the varsity or junior varsity level.”
“I have to thank Goldenrod Restaurant and all the volunteers working our concession stand,” said Ulbin. “We’re generating money through the concession stand and our 50/50 raffles during each game.”
“Manchester is still playing, still alive,” he said. “Remember last year our 13-year-old team was eliminated after the second game. After that, attendance dropped off and we didn’t make much money at the concession stand. Having our team playing is a major factor on how well we generate money to help defray the cost of the entire tournament.”
Waterford, Conn. advanced to the championship finals with a 7-3 victory against Bennington, Vt. Wednesday. The game was suspended Tuesday after lightning delayed the game twice.
The game resumed with Waterford leading 5-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Bennington loaded the bases in the home fourth with no outs, but came away with only one run when Bryce Bush plated Noah Normyle with a sacrifice fly.
Bennington produced a run after two outs in the home fifth. Stalcup walked, stole second and rumbled home when Normyle reached on an two-base infield error.
The Vermont champs turned out to be their own worst enemy. They committed four errors and on offense, Bennington stranded nine runners including two on third base.