|Archers, Raiders to play at Parkview Field|
• WHAT: Antwerp vs. Wayne Trace in the Parkview Sports Medicine Baseball Series
• WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8
• WHERE: Parkview Field, downtown Fort Wayne
• ADMISSION: Tickets $5; teams keep $4 from the sale of each ticket
By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Sportswriter
FORT WAYNE – The first-ever Parkview Sports Medicine Baseball Series showcasing 28 area high school baseball teams begins this week and will continue over the next three weeks.
Fourteen games will be played at Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, with the May 8 double-header featuring the Antwerp Archers playing Wayne Trace Raiders. The 4:30 p.m. start time for the Paulding County match-up will be followed by the Leo and Woodlan game.
The Archers and Raiders are the only two Ohio teams playing in the inaugural event.
The game will be a fundraising opportunity for the high schools playing. Tickets are $5 and, according to Antwerp athletic director Drew Altimus, Antwerp tickets can be purchased at the high school at this time with other ticket outlets being available soon.
“This is an exciting time for our baseball program. Tickets are $5 and we get to keep $4 from the sale of each ticket. We plan to filter the money back into the baseball program for various improvements,” said Altimus.
The price of the ticket is good for both games that are played that evening.
The baseball series, the first of what will be an annual event, gives area teams and players a unique opportunity to play in a top-rated minor league ball park. The sponsorship by Parkview Sports Medicine makes it possible for each team to participate without any ball park rental costs and allows each team to sell tickets to the game as a fund raiser for their individual school.
Teams will experience much of the same as the TinCaps. They will have use of the batting cage and on the field warm ups, and even their names announced and headshots on the Parkview Field video board as they step up to the plate for their at bats.
Wayne Trace has been selling tickets for the last month and students can continue to purchase tickets from coach Zach Boyer in Room 206 at WTHS.
The general public can purchase tickets by contacting a player or coach before May 6.
Athletic director Jim Linder reminds all Raider fans that tickets will also be available this Saturday, April 26 during the tri-way baseball game with North Central and Antwerp.
“The baseball team will be using the money from the Parkview game to pay for the two new pitching mounds that were purchased in the winter.
“These new mounds will replace the wooded (2x4’s and plywood) mounds that have been in use for over 20 years. Any additional money will go towards the purchase of an outdoor batting cage to be placed by the baseball field in the future,” said Linder.
Parkview Field and Parkview Sports Medicine is excited about hosting this year’s event and the 28 teams that will be participating.
“This area is filled with talented high school baseball players and teams who deserve a shot to showcase their skills in a big league environment,” said Julie Fleck, COO.
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