After a last-minute change that saw their chance of coming to Branson, Missouri come to life, the East Fishkill Patriots are ready to make the most of the opportunity. The Patriots are no stranger to the Babe Ruth League, but this is their first time playing the Cal Ripken World Series.
“We haven’t been in the World Series before, but we have been a team since the boys were 7 years old,” said David Prince, East Fishkill Patriots Manager.
Soon after their heartbreaking loss in the Middle Atlantic Regional Championship, Prince and the team were prepared to go down another road, until they got a call asking to participate as the Mid-Atlantic region representative.
“We got a call about a week after that Monday night loss asking if we could take the spot,” Price said. “I called our [team’s] parents, and they were ecstatic to represent the Middle Atlantic and felt the boys really deserved it.”
Once they get to Branson, they will be seeing some familiar faces. Over the years, the Patriots have had played the New England Region representative from New Canaan, Connecticut.
“We have a standing relationship with New Canaan, they have made us better over the years and have become our foes,” Prince said.
Prince believes that they have a strong team that can compete with the others in the tournament, anchored by pitcher Nicholas Mondesando and catcher Michael Prince, who were recent candidates for the US National Baseball team. He also recognizes that all the players have made a contribution at some point on their journey to Branson.