Who We AreKennewick National Cal Ripken Baseball League, located in beautiful Kennewick, Washington, is a not-for-profit entity with a goal of educating children between the ages of 5 and 12 about the great game of baseball. All of our Board positions, concession stand operators, field maintenance, team managers and team coaches are volunteers. Our objective is to teach the fundamentals of baseball in a fun environment that will enable our players to enjoy their baseball experience, develop physical fitness, self-confidence, discipline, and good sportsmanship so they may carry these qualities into their future life experiences. Last season, we had over 500 children participating in our various divisions. In any given week, up to 40 games are being played on our fields with approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people in total attendance.
Due to the generosity of sponsors and the many hours of volunteers’ work, KN has been able to complete several modifications to make our facility cleaner and safer for the athletes and their families. The following major improvements have been made at our fields over the past few years:
- Fully remodeled the concession stand;
- Built two new dugouts, one on each of the Major and Minor fields, to improve athlete safety and increase spectator viewing;
- Leveled the playing surface, replaced pitching mounds and installed new infield sod on both Major and Minor fields;
- Installed a new retaining wall and paved the spectator viewing area along 4th Avenue;
- Installed a new grass viewing area along the Minor Field;
- Demolished old bleachers and purchased new, safer bleachers;
- Built two new pitching bullpens for the Major and Minor fields;
- Replaced batting helmets and catchers’ gear including purchase of knee savers to provide safe equipment for the ball players’ protection;
- Gutted, re-wired, sided, sealed, and painted scorer's tower on the Major and Minor fields;
- Installed 2nd floor door, steps, and landing on the scorer's tower;
- Demolished old backstops and posts on Major and Minor fields and installed new chainlink backstops;
- Leveled and re-sodded Rookie field;
- Installed batting cages near the Major and Rookie fields;
- Installed fencing around the complex to limit the pedestrian traffic when the park is unattended;
- Purchased and installed a new equipment shed;
- Purchased security roll-down doors for the concession stand.
Where We Are
The Kennewick National fields are located on W. 4th Ave, right where 4th Ave passes under Highway 395. There is no access to 4th Ave from 395, so you'll have to exit the highway on 2nd Ave, 7th Ave, or on Kennewick Ave and make your way to the ballfields via surface streets.
Click the map for an overhead view of the ballfields.
There are several motels in the area.
The two closest are:
Days Inn - (509) 735-9511
EconoLodge - (509) 783-6191
Others in the general area:
Best Western Kennewick Inn - (509) 586-1332
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - (509) 736-3326
Kennewick Inn and Suites Travelodge - (509) 735-6385
There are also several hotels and motels down along Columbia Center Blvd near the Columbia Center Mall, just 3-4 miles away from the ballfields:
Super 8 Motel - (509) 736-6888
Red Lion Inn - Kennewick - (509) 783-0611
Comfort Inn - (509) 783-8396
Fairfield Inn - (509) 783-2164
Kennewick Silver Cloud Inn - (509) 735-6100
Additionally, there are hotels and motels in neighboring cities, Richland and Pasco.
Feedback- We want to hear from you!
If you have comments, questions, or would just like to bring up issues about this website, the condition of the fields or any KN facility, the actions of a coach, player, umpire, concession crew, fan, or any KN member, please feel free to contact us via e-mail. You can reach us at:
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Past KN All Star Successes12s
District Champions* - 1981, 1985, 1988
State Champions - 1981, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2011
Regional Champions - 1994, 1996, 2004
State Champions - 2004
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* Washington Babe Ruth Baseball dropped the District Playoffs from the Tournament Trail in 2000. Now all teams from all Districts are invited to their respective State Tournaments.
NOTE: If you have additional information to add to this list, please let us know. We don't want to leave anybody out!
KN 1994 World Series Champions!!
Did you know that the Kennewick National 12-year-old All-Stars won the Bambino (now called Cal Ripken) World Series back in 1994? To date, they are the only Northwest Region team to accomplish that feat. The 1994 team was led by Jason Smith, who won Most Outstanding Player for the tournament as well as Batting Champion with a .560 average. KN still holds the Bambino / Cal Ripken record for most wins in single World Series tournament. The same kids that won in 1994, lost their first game before running the table with 7 straight wins in the double elimination tournament.
Here is a list of past Bambino/Cal Ripken World Series winners:
2005 Honolulu, HI
2003 Mexico (first International Division winner)
2002 Visalia, CA
2001 South Lexington, KY
2000 West Palm Beach, FL
--- Babe Ruth Baseball changes it's 12-under division from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball ---
1999 Danbury, CT
1998 West Palm Beach, FL
1997 Brooklyn, NY
1996 Oakland, CA
1995 Abbeville, LA
1994 Kennewick, WA (KN)
1993 Connersville, IN
1992 So. Lexington, KY
1991 Oakland, CA
1990 Oakland, CA
1989 Oakland, CA
1988 Oakland, CA
1987 Oakland, CA
1986 Oakland, CA
1985 Brooklyn, NY
1984 Oakland, CA