To The Editor:
I had the privilege as a Cal Ripken baseball official of being a part of the just-completed 11-year-old Cal Ripken Kansas State Tournament of Champions held in Peabody. The tournament featured district champions from across the state of Kansas who were vying for a berth in the Midwest Plains Regional to be held in Yankton, S.D.
Jonathan Richstatter, tournament director, and the many volunteers who worked with him are to be commended for their outstanding job of putting on a quality tournament. This was Peabody’s second state tournament in as many years, and the 2008 edition added some exciting and extra elements that gave this tournament high marks. Team play and sportsmanship always are emphasized in Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken tournaments, and this was evident again in Peabody. All those who participated and attended this event had a great time, witnessed some excellent baseball, and left Peabody with fond memories.
Jonathan and his committee went beyond the call of duty to provide a special event for the youth involved. Each well-attended tournament game was proof that the local organization put on a great event for all. I heard many complimentary comments about the great baseball hosts, the fine baseball facilities, and the friendly Peabody community.
Once again, the city of Peabody can be proud of the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball program in Peabody. Many hours of volunteer work are necessary to make the program work. It is not an end-of-the-year tournament that makes a quality youth program, but what happens throughout the year, whether it be in planning and organizing, running the local league game schedule, or hosting a fine tournament such as this, that determines quality. It is evident that these many volunteers’ investments are paying great dividends.
Congratulations on a great and exciting tournament event.
To each of the volunteers and to the city of Peabody, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball leagues say thanks.
Paul Unrau, Kansas State Assistant Commissioner, 11-Year-Old Division, Cal Ripken Baseball