Last year, the teams from Alpena Huron Shore Babe Ruth were the talk of the state tournament as the 9U and 11U teams won state titles in Niles while the 10U and 12U teams finished runner-up.
Alpena's teams are hoping to bring home some more hardware this season and this time, they'll get to play on their own field.
AHSBR will play host to the 2014 10U, 12U and 14U Cal Ripken state tournaments, which begin today and run through Sunday. The 10U and 12U games will be played at the Little League Complex on US 23 North and the 14U tournament will be played at Alpena High School.
In the 10U tournament, Alpena is one of six teams completing for the title. The other teams involved are Central UP, Huron Valley Maroon, Huron Valley White, L'Anse Creuse and Clinton Valley. The tournament is broken into two pools of 3 teams and Alpena is in a pool with Central UP and Huron Valley Maroon. Alpena opens play today at 4 p.m. against Central UP at Sabourin Field.
In the 12U bracket, three teams will be competing for the title including an Alpena Green team and an Alpena Grey team. The only other team competing is Clinton Valley, but an Alpena 11U team has been added to the tournament to add in some exhibition games. Alpena Grey will play Alpena 11U today at 4 p.m. at Rohn Field and Clinton Valley will play Alpena Green at 6:15 p.m. on the same field.
Alpena and Clinton Valley are the only two teams competing in the 14U bracket and will play a best-of-5 series. It begins today at 6:15 p.m. at Alpena High School. Games 2 and 3 will be played at noon and 3 p.m. respectively on Saturday and if necessary, Games 4 and 5 will be played at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Cal Ripken 10U schedule (all games at Little League Complex)
Central UP vs. Alpena, 4 p.m.
Clinton Valley vs. L'Anse Creuse, 6:15 p.m.
Clinton Valley vs. L'Anse Creuse, 10:15 a.m.
Central UP vs. Huron Valley Maroon, 1 p.m.
L'Anse Creuse vs. Huron Valley White, 3:15 p.m.
Alpena vs. Huron Valley Maroon, 5:30 p.m.
Pool A 3rd place vs. Pool B 3rd place, 8 a.m.
Pool A 2nd place vs. Pool B 1st place, 10:15 p.m.
Pool B 2nd place vs. Pool A 1st place, 12:30 p.m.
Championship Game, 2:45 p.m.
Cal Ripken 12U Schedule (all games at Little League Complex)
Alpena Grey vs. Alpena 11, 4 p.m.
Clinton Valley vs. Alpena Green, 6:15 p.m.
Clinton Valley vs. Alpena 11, 10:15 a.m.
Alpena Green vs. Alpena Grey, 1 p.m.
Alpena Green vs. Alpena 11, 3:15 p.m.
Alpena Grey vs. Clinton Valley, 5:30 p.m.
3rd place vs. 2nd place, 10:15 p.m.
Championship Game, 12:30 p.m.
Cal Ripken 14U Schedule (all games at Alpena High School)
Clinton Valley vs. Alpena, 6:15 p.m.
Clinton Valley vs. Alpena, noon
Clinton Valley vs. Alpena, 3:15 p.m.
Sunday (if necessary)
Clinton Valley vs. Alpena, 10 a.m.
Clinton Valley vs. Alpena, 1 p.m.