Editor's Note: The following is a republished press release from the Cortland Regional Sports Council.
CORTLAND - The Cortland Regional Sports Council is working with PREP Baseball Report to bring a showcase type baseball tournament to Cortland July 7th – 9th, 2017. Fields in Cortland as well as surrounding communities will be used to accommodate games in this 16U/17U baseball event.
“The tournament took place the first year in Poughkeepsie and Olean last year,” stated Tournament Director Dan Cevette. “We are excited about holding the event in the Cortland area this year,” Cevette said.
Prep Baseball Report (PBR) is an independent amateur baseball scouting service covering the United States but focused on state level players. They run showcase and tournament style baseball events providing players with a visible platform to gain high-end exposure.
Kicking off with the games Friday afternoon, tournament play will continue through Sunday culminating in Championships slated for 2:00pm at Wallace Field on SUNY Cortland’s campus. Fields at Lansing High School, Wells College, Tompkins-Cortland Community College and Beaudry Park will be used along with Wallace Field.
Teams from across New York State are registered to play and a schedule for the event can be found at http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/new-york/east-west-battle-schedule.
“It’s been a while since the CRSC has been involved with a baseball event. Given our plans for the sports complex in Cortlandville, this tournament can expose our community to a new market…One that we hope to build on in the coming months,” explained Machell Phelps, executive director of the CRSC.
“Beyond the competition and fun for the participating teams, there is also an economic benefit for the Cortland community,” Phelps said. “With this many teams in town for three days, area hotels, restaurants, gas stations and stores are bound to benefit.”
Currently the tournament is listed as full, bringing teams from the Buffalo area, Rochester, the Binghamton area, Troy, Croton and Mohegan Lake to the area.
There is no spectator charge, so the community is invited to come out and watch up & coming players as they vie for East-West Battle title.
For more specific information, visit http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/new-york-store/pbr-east-west-battle-july-7-9.html