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The Wood Bat Classic: Our Summer Kick-Off Recap

By NEAAU Baseball, 06/07/23, 5:15PM EDT


On the sunny weekend of June 3-4, 2023, Providence, Rhode Island, served as the vibrant backdrop for the AAU Wood Bat Classic, an annual travel baseball tournament that signaled the beginning of the summer tournament season. With teams consisting of talented athletes aged 15 and 16, the event drew participants from throughout New England, converging at top-notch facilities like Rhode Island College and Johnson & Wales University. Let's dive into the exciting highlights from this action-packed tournament.

15u Division: DJB Bulldogs Triumph in a Thriller

The 15u division featured intense competition, with teams battling it out for the coveted title. After an intense semifinal showdown against the Venom Baseball Academy from Hanover, Massachusetts, the DJB Bulldogs from Warwick, Rhode Island, emerged victorious, setting the stage for an epic final. In the championship game, they faced off against the Southcoast Riptides from Westport, Massachusetts.

The DJB Bulldogs displayed remarkable teamwork and resilience, ultimately securing a 4-1 victory to clinch the 15u title. Their victory was a testament to their hard work and dedication, capturing the essence of the Wood Bat Classic.

16u Division: Blackhawks Soar to Victory

In the 16u division, the Blackhawks from Kinderhook, New Hampshire, emerged as the team to beat, going undefeated throughout the weekend. Their journey to glory culminated in a thrilling final showdown against the Hock Valley Panthers.

In a nail-biting contest that had fans on the edge of their seats, the Blackhawks prevailed with a 7-6 victory, showcasing their skill and determination. Their championship win was a fitting conclusion to a weekend filled with memorable baseball moments.

The AAU Wood Bat Classic 2023 in Providence, Rhode Island, marked the beginning of a promising summer baseball season. Congratulations to the DJB Bulldogs and the Blackhawks for their impressive victories, and kudos to all the teams that participated and made the tournament a resounding success. As the season unfolds, the memories of this tournament will serve as a reminder of the enduring love for baseball in New England.

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