WESTERLY — For the Westerly Girls Softball League, this weekend is its most significant of the season.
The league will once again put on its annual Bash on the Beach three-day tournament. The event starts Friday night and concludes on Sunday. Fifty-two teams from every state in New England — and some from New York — will participate.
Teams will compete in the 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U divisions in the event, a big fundraiser for the league.
“We throw that right back into the league,” Gerry Auth, league president, said. “We use it for equiment and field maintenance. I think one of the biggest things it does is to keep the cost of registration for our league down. Our rec registration is one of the lowest around.”
Proceeds also help the league assist families that cannot afford the cost to play in the league.
The league also awards scholarships to high school seniors.
“On scholarship night, we give out scholarships to players who participated in the league or those that volunteered their time,” Auth said.
Teams will play on the four fields at Cimalore Field and Craig Field in Westerly, as well as Dow Field in Hope Valley, Stonington High and the Pawcatuck Little League. The Westerly High baseball team will be in charge at Craig Field and will receive a portion of the proceeds for their program.
Games will start Friday at 4:45 p.m. Play resumes Saturday and Sunday at 7:45 a.m. On Sunday, title games will be played at various times with the earliest beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The Rhody Wave Runners of Westerly will have 10U and 14U teams playing.
The 14U team will play Friday at Cimalore Field at 4:45 p.m., and Saturday at Pawcatuck at 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
The 10U team plays Friday at Cimalore at 4:45 p.m., and two games Saturday at Cimalore, 9:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Visit westerlygirlssoftball.com and click on the Bash on the Beach Tournament tab for complete schedules and brackets.
Auth said the tournament is popular among out-of-town teams.
“They want to come down to the beach, see Misquamicut, Stonington, and the casinos are a big draw,” Auth said. “They stay all over the area.
“And it’s an open tournament. A lot of the tournaments have classifications. We get some of the most competitive teams in the area. It’s a test for the teams in Rhode Island.”