Citizen Staff Reports 07/20/12
Henrico County will welcome more than 1,500 top high school baseball players from around the country — as well as college coaches, scouts and a nationwide television audience — when the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships take place July 20-28.
Eighty-eight teams from 18 states and Canada, including several from the Richmond area, will compete at 16-under, 17-under and 18-under age divisions. Games will be played at a number of county facilities, including Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park, Dorey Park and Tuckahoe Park, as well as other sites in the metro area, beginning Friday morning. All games are open to the public.
Teams will also participate in numerous activities during the week including a Home Run Derby sponsored by Louisville Slugger, lectures and discussions by college coaches, college placement opportunities, and much more.
The CBS Sports Network will broadcast live nationwide the 16-under/17-under all-star game from Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23. Admission is free.
Chad Gibbons, sports tourism coordinator for Henrico Recreation and Parks, said the U.S. Baseball Championships is a showcase event for prospective college athletes and for the county’s growing sports-tourism program. The estimated economic impact of the event on the Richmond Region is $1.7 million with a total of 2,576 hotel room nights.
“Many of these players will be offered college scholarships,” Gibbons said. “The (U.S. Baseball Championships) brings talented athletes from all over the country, not just Virginia or the Southeast. It’s great exposure for the kids."
For complete information on Triple Crown Sports and the game schedule for the U.S. Baseball Championships, visit http://www.triplecrownsports.com
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