WILDWOOD – Two baseball tournaments are scheduled for two weekends in August on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood.
“Last year’s beach baseball tournament was a tremendous success,” said Commissioner Pete Byron. “It was so well-received that we’ve added another weekend to allow more players to play ball on the beach.”
The commissioner, who oversees the city’s Department of Beach Services, has been a proponent of bringing baseball to the beach.
“Our beach is the perfect place to enjoy a baseball game, either as a player or a spectator,” he said.
According to organizers, multiple playing fields will be created on the beach. There will be space for players and for baseball lovers to sit and watch the games.
Boys and girls ages 9-12 can play.
“It has been our mission to develop a unique tournament that allows everyone to enjoy the beach, boardwalk, amusement rides and other amenities that the city has to offer,” said volunteer tournament director Marc DeBlasio. “Bringing America’s national pastime to Wildwood’s beach is an honor and a privilege.”
According to DeBlasio, last year’s inaugural tournament was extremely well-received.
“We had so many teams interested in coming to the Wildwood beach to play ball that we had to increase the number of days we offer it. Last year’s event was amazing for everyone and we anticipate the 2017 tournament to be just as successful,” he said.
This year, two, two-day tournaments will be held Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20. All games will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue. Winners of each division will play in a championship game Sunday, Aug. 13 or Sunday, Aug. 20.
Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. With only four teams allowed in each of the four divisions, space in the tournament is limited. In order to hold a spot in the tournament’s roster, an application, along with a deposit, must be received by May 15.