If you are a fan of Ohio college baseball, this past week has been all you could ask for at the Snowbird Classic. John Carroll, Heidelberg, Cedarville, and Capital Universities have provided the bulk of the action in the first week’s schedule, with North Carolina Wesleyan University and John Jay College (New York) providing some geographical balance.
If you are a fan of Capital University, this has been a week you’d rather forget. Paired against Cedarville four times in as many days, the Crusaders lost the first three games, but pulled themselves up yesterday with a 12-11 win at South County Regional Park in the fourth set-to, the closest score of all the games. Junior Zack Byers’ base hit to centerfield with the score tied and two outs in the bottom of the ninth scored senior Marty Assmann. Obviously, pitching wasn’t the strongest suit for either club.
Today, another Ohio team joins the foray – Ohio State University, opening play against Division I mate Duquesne University at 1 pm at North County Regional Park. The other two Division I tournament entrants Farleigh Dickinson and St. Louis Universities square off against one another at 1 pm at South County.
You can check schedules and results on the web. Better yet, plan to get out to a game. The tourney runs until March 20. The primary tournament venues are North County Regional Park on O’Donnell Boulevard in Port Charlotte and South County Regional Park on Cooper Street in Punta Gorda. There are four practice and secondary venues: Port Charlotte, Venice, North Port, and Charlotte high schools.
Admission is $5.00 daily, with $20.00 for a seven-day pass.