Youth baseball ‘Cranberry Brawl’ underway in Rochester

Jul 12, 2019

ROCHESTER — The 2019 Cranberry Brawl youth baseball tournament is officially underway, with 18 teams from across southeastern Massachusetts participating in the four-day competition at Rochester’s Gifford Park and Dexter Lane baseball fields.

Teams are divided into 9 and under, and 11 and under age groups with twelve teams competing in the older division, and six in the younger division.

The tournament is structured so that each team plays two non-elimination games. Then, based on their record and runs allowed, teams are seeded and placed into a single-elimination bracket.

Play began on Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m and continued the next day at the same time. Non-elimination games continued on Saturday, July 13 at 8 a.m., with elimination games starting later in the day and ending around 6 p.m. Elimination games will continue on Sunday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Old Rochester team, featuring athletes 11-years-old and younger from Rochester, Marion, and Mattapoisett, won against their peers from Wareham with a score of 15-0 on the main field at Gifford Park on Friday Night.

Concession stands are run by volunteers, and proceeds go to the Old Rochester Youth Baseball league. President Dave Nelson said that funds earned during the tournament will go towards maintaining fields and renovating the scorer’s booth at Gifford Park.