Central York's Ryan Pepler, New Oxford's Brevin Neveker picked for Big 26 Baseball Classic


Two York-Adams League baseball players have been selected for the Pennsylvania team in the 2018 Big 26 Baseball Classic.

Ryan Pepler, seen here playing for Pleasureville in American Legion action, has been selected for the Big 26 Baseball Classic. Pepler will be a senior this fall at Central York. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

Central York’s Ryan Pepler and New Oxford’s Brevin Neveker were selected for the game. Pepler will be a senior in the fall, while Neveker will be a junior.

As a junior, Pepler hit .339 with a .431 on-base percentage as an infielder. As a sophomore, Neveker hit .301 with a .429 on-base percentage as an outfielder.

Pepler and Neveker earned their spots on the Pennsylvania roster through a series of tryouts.

The Big 26 Classic was created in 2012 as a counterpart to the Big 33 football game. A three-game series was held every year from 2012 until 2016, pitting Pennsylvania players against Maryland players, with Pennsylvania holding a 3-2 overall edge.

The 2017 series was not played because of a change in management structure, according to the Big 26 website. The Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association maintained oversight of the Big 33 event, and stewardship of the Big 26 event was transferred to the Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority (HHSE).

More than 200 Big 26 alumni have gone on to play at the college level.

The event also features a Buddy Challenger Game, where athletes are paired with individuals ages 5-21 who have a physical or intellectual disability.

The 2018 three-game series between Pennsylvania and Maryland is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, at FBN Field in Harrisburg, home of the Class AA Senators.