Nash County’s U-14 Babe Ruth All-Stars will begin play at the Southeast Regional Tournament today in Newton.
The U-14s will play Key West, Fla. at 8 p.m. in its pool play opener.
Nash County advanced to its second consecutive regional tournament when it finished undefeated at the state level last week in Kinston.
“We have rested arms that had to heal, and we had a couple of good days of practice,” Nash County coach Lee Gold said. “Everyone looks good and ready, and I’m looking forward to us having some success.”
The U-14’s arrived in Newton on Tuesday and took part in a meet-and-greet session that evening.
The team will have a full day even though they are scheduled for a night contest to open play.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m., and the team plans to watch a few games and do some scouting before holding an afternoon practice.
Key West was a runner-up at its tournament last week.
It earned a berth in the regional because Sarasota, Florida’s state champion, will have an automatic bid as the host city for the World Series.
Eight teams are in this week’s tournament, and the top four teams from each pool will advance to the semifinals.
Each team is guaranteed four games, with pool play scheduled to be completed Sunday.
Nash County finished as the Southeast Regional’s runner-up last season at the tournament played in Johnson City, Tenn.
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or jhnunery@ rmtelegram.com