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.
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.
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.