The Lynn Babe Ruth Softball organization will honor the achievements of its two very successful softball teams, the New England champion 14-under team and the New England finalist 16-under team, at a banquet tonight (Tuesday) at the Old Tyme Restaurant.
But the organization isn’t resting on its laurels from the memorable summer of 2011. League officials are looking ahead with optimism and among their plans are to host the Babe Ruth World Series in the future.
“With all the success the program has experienced, we are aggressively looking to host the Babe Ruth World Series for both the boys and the girls at the earliest possible time,” said Jeff Earp, director of Lynn 18U Softball.
Earp said it would take a community wide effort to hold such a prestigious national athletic event in the city. Teams, [players, coaches, and families], from across the United States would travel to Lynn to play in the World Series.
“Hosting a World Series would require the extensive cooperation of many in both the public and private sectors within the city,” said Earp. “There are many hurdles to clear, but no matter the effort, it would certainly be worth it for the Babe Ruth programs, the City of Lynn, and most importantly the kids.”
The event would be a must-attend for area coaches and players wanting to see the best teams and pitchers in the country competing in Lynn. It would no doubt attract scores of college scouts as well. Local businesses would benefit by the thousands of people who would visit the city to be a part of the tournament’s festivities and events.
Under the Babe Ruth tournament format, the host Lynn team [softball or baseball] would receive an invitation to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series. That alone would be a thrilling experience for the Lynn players.
But add in the city itself being in the national spotlight, the media attention that the tournament would draw, and the chance to compete for a World Series championship in front of your hometown fans – it might be hard to top the event as the sports story of 2012 on the North Shore.
One positive factor weighing in Lynn’s favor is the outstanding feedback that the organization has received from hosting the New England Regionals. New England and state officials and coaches lauded the Lynn Babe Ruth planning committee for running a smooth and efficient tournament that culminated with the Lynn 14U team winning the championship in dramatic fashion.