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NCAA Division III baseball regional headed to York

STAFF REPORT
  • The 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional is headed to York.
  • The event will be held at PeoplesBank Park, home of the York Revolution.
  • The tournament will start Thursday and end on Sunday, or possibly Monday.

Some of the top small-college baseball teams in the region will soon converge on York.

The 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional returns to the area.

Some young fans enjoy a recent York Revolution game at PeoplesBank Park. The stadium will play host to the NCAA Division III Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional starting Thursday. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Eight teams will take to the field at PeoplesBank Park, home of the York Revolution independent minor league baseball team, and vie for a spot in the D-III Baseball Championship in Appleton, Wisconsin.

No. 4 seed Rochester Institute of Technology (33-7) takes on No. 5 seed Alvernia (28-13-2) to start the action at 10 a.m., Thursday. The other games Thursday are: No. 1 Johns Hopkins (36-6) vs. No. 8 Lesley (21-17-1), 1:15 p.m.; No. 3 Wheaton (23-14) vs. No. 6 Elizabethtown (27-15), 4:30 p.m.; and No. 2 Shenandoah (36-8) vs. No.7 SUNY Maritime (26-11), 7:45 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament continues through Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary).

Gates open for fans at 9 a.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday. Gates will open at 10 a.m. Monday if a final game is needed to decide the regional winner. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 6 receive free admission.

The Middle Atlantic Conferences, the York Revolution and the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Sport York program are co-hosting the regional.

HEISER: Sporting events become big business for York

More than 600 visitors, including athletes and out-of-town spectators, are expected for the tournament. The YCCVB estimates the event will bring about $550,000 in economic benefits to the community.

York last hosted the regional in 2015.

Sports and Wellness Complex officially opens: After the recent grand opening of the $9 million YMCA Sports and Wellness Complex in West Manheim Township, the YCCVB officially welcomed a brand-new athletic facility to the local lineup of venues.

The Hanover Area YMCA hosted a ribbon-cutting and grand opening on May 13. The new complex features an indoor multisport turf field that can be used for lacrosse, soccer, flag football and more. It also boasts a full-sized gymnasium, a fitness center, locker rooms, a concession area and more. An outdoor field is also under construction.