July and August are going to be busy months for baseball in the area.
Several events are coming to Waterbury, and then there's the senior (19U) American Legion Northeast Regional in Bristol.
The Mickey Mantle World Series (U16) is back in Waterbury for the first time in 24 years, and it will be played at the beautifully refurbished Municipal Stadium. Check out Joe Palladino's article on the Mickey Mantle World Series here. The series is looking for as many volunteers as it can get, according to Palladino.
The Mickey Mantle World Series will be held from July 27-31. Twelve teams, including one local, will compete. Opening ceremonies will be held at Municipal Stadium on July 27. The series will be played at Municipal, along with Holy Cross High School and Muzzy Field in Bristol. Municipal hosted the series from 1984-1992, according to another article from Palladino posted on the series website.
For more information, check out the World Series website.
The Roberto Clemente World Series (8U) is back in Waterbury from July 21-24. Earlier in the month, the Sandy Koufax (14U) state and regional tournaments will be in the Brass City. The state tourney goes from July 7-10, and the regional July 14-17.
In August, the American Legion Northeast Regional returns to Muzzy Field for a second straight year. It will be played from Aug. 3-7. Since Bristol is the host, Post 2 has an automatic bid to the regional. It will also include the state champions from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Massachusetts had two teams in the regional last year.
Visit Bristol Legion's Northeast Regional website when the tournament draws nearer for more information.