Because it’s formally summer time, it’s time for a deep dive into baseball, and this weekend will provide followers a chance to see some high quality groups.
The Albany Athletics, 2012 and 2016 American Beginner Baseball Congress World Sequence champions, will host their twenty second Worth Chopper/Market 32 Baseball Fest in Schenectady’s Central Park Friday by means of Sunday. It’s the longest-running summer time baseball invitational match within the Northeast for 17-year-old-and-up groups.
The occasion will likely be an official Coaches vs. Most cancers profit for the ninth 12 months. All proceeds go to the American Most cancers Society. Every participant, coach and umpire will likely be supplied a set of pink sweat bands to put on all through the video games to deliver consciousness to the struggle towards most cancers.
The Capital District Baseball Umpires Affiliation will contribute a portion of their sport charges to the American Most cancers Society. Donations can also be made straight by calling 518-220-6931 or visiting http://man.acsevents.org/goto/AlbanyAthleticsBB. Checks will also be made payable to American Most cancers Society and submitted at match websites this weekend.
Competing this 12 months are the Whitesboro Pilots, All Stars Academy (Latham), Higher Deck Titans (Amsterdam), Twin City Satan Cats (North Greenbush), King Sports activities Monarchs (Schenectady) and the host Athletics, who’re 13-time Baseball Fest champions, together with the final three in 2021, 2019 and 2018. The 2020 match wasn’t performed resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.
Event founder/director and Athletics head coach Joe Altieri mentioned this 12 months’s discipline is a mixture of accessible, high quality native groups and groups prepared to journey amid enhancing, however nonetheless notable COVID-19 statistics.
“We’re grateful that Whitesboro is touring and staying in a single day,” mentioned Altieri, who famous that groups as soon as got here from as distant as Columbus, Ohio (in 2012), Ottawa, Ontario, Rhode Island and New Jersey for the match. “It labored out fantastic this 12 months, and there are some good groups taking part in.”
Altieri mentioned he’s additionally grateful to the Metropolis of Schenectady for its function.
“They’ve been nice about holding that date for us for 22 years,” Altieri mentioned. “And so they’ve made substantial enhancements to the fields through the years.”
Every workforce is slated to play three round-robin video games, with the highest 4 groups advancing to the semifinals on Sunday morning. The championship will likely be at 1 p.m. Sunday on the A diamond. Event admission is free. All video games may be adopted on the Tourney Machine app or on Twitter @AlbanyAthletics.
“Regardless that we had it final 12 months, it does really feel nice to be again,” Altieri mentioned. “This must be an ideal weekend for gamers and followers to bounce between the fields and see the opposite groups in a whole lot of pleasant competitors.”
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All video games at 6 p.m.
Albany Athletics vs. Whitesboro Pilots at Diamond A
King Sports activities Monarchs vs. All Stars Academy at Diamond B
Twin City Satan Cats vs. Higher Deck Titans at Diamond C
King Sports activities Monarchs vs. Albany Athletics at Diamond A, 11 a.m.
Twin City Satan Cats vs. All Stars Academy at Diamond B, 11 a.m.
Whitesboro Pilots vs. Higher Deck Titans at Diamond C, 11 a.m.
Twin City Satan Cats vs. Whitesboro Pilots at A Diamond, 1:30 p.m.
King Sports activities Monarchs vs. Higher Deck Titans at B Diamond, 1:30 p.m.
Albany Athletics vs. All Stars Academy at C Diamond, 1:30 p.m.
**Rain make-up slots on Diamond A from 3 p.m. till darkish, if mandatory
Semifinal: No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed at Diamond A, 10 a.m.
Semifinal: No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed at Diamond C, 10 a.m.
Championship: Semifinal winners at Diamond A, 1 p.m.
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