The Greater Keene Swampbats 14U All Stars will be heading to Ottumwa, Iowa for the 2021 World Series.
The playoff run started July 10, when Keene kicked off the New Hampshire Babe Ruth State Tournament with a 3-1 win over Nashua. Then they lost to Londonderry in the second round, beat Nashua again to stay alive in the loser’s bracket, then beat Londonderry twice — the second time on a walk-off — to clinch the state championship and move on to the regional tournament.
Keene went 1-2 in the pool stage of the regional tournament, but advanced to the six-team bracket after winning the tiebreaker over North Providence-Smithfield. The All-Stars lost their last two games in pool play and haven’t lost since.
The team went 3-0 in the regional bracket.
The All Stars will be hosting fundraisers throughout the next week and a half to help fund their trip to Iowa. From Aug. 2-8, D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches on West St. in Keene will donate 20 percent of all proceeds from orders that mention the World Series fundraiser.
Frogg Brewing in Marlborough will also host a fundraising event on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. Frogg Brewing will donate $1 from each draft sold during that time to the team, as well as hosting raffles and food. All proceeds will go to the All-Star team.
A GoFundMe is also set up for the team
- Greater Keene Youth Baseball and Softball Association
- Keene Swampbats (SentinelSource.com, The Home of the Keene Sentinel)
- Greater Keene 14U All Stars are ready for the big stage of the Babe Ruth World Series (SentinalSource.com)