For the fourth consecutive year, Hooker Field in Martinsville, Virginia will host regional tournaments for the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). Two separate double-elimination tournaments will be held. The District III Division II Regional Championship will be played May 1 – 3 and the Mid-Atlantic Division I Regional Championship will be played on May 8 – 10. These events will determine which teams travel to the NCBA World Series in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Four college club baseball teams will participate in each tournament. Officials from the NCBA have reported that Stevenson University, University of Maryland, Radford University and Virginia Commonwealth University will play in the DII tournament. Playoffs are still going on for DI but East Carolina University and Ohio University have clinched a spot in that tournament already. All athletes will stay locally at the Quality-Dutch Inn of Collinsville, which was selected by the NCBA as their host hotel.
According to Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County, “We’re thrilled to host the NCBA for their regional tournaments again. This event gives our community a chance to showcase itself to not only the athletes but parents and grandparents that attend the games. We know from past years that families do take time to visit area attractions and businesses during their time here so it is a good economic boost for the community.” Fans coming to support the teams last year drove in from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, New Jersey, West Virginia and Connecticut. Doss added, “Now that Hooker Field has a new artificial turf infield, we know that the players and fans will enjoy their tournament experience in Martinsville-Henry County even more.”
Games for the DII tournament will be played Friday, May 1 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at 9 a.m. 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. and on Sunday, May 3 at 9 a.m. A tie-breaker game will be played at 12 p.m. if needed. A rain date has been set for Monday, May 4, in the event of an extended rain delay in the tournament schedule. The DI tournament on the following weekend will follow the same time schedule.
Admission is $5 each day or a tournament pass may be purchased for $12 on Friday or $8 on Saturday; children five and under are free with a paying adult. The Martinsville Community Recreation Association will sell concessions and all proceeds from ticket sales and concessions will benefit Hooker Field. Fans will not be allowed to bring outside food or beverages into the stadium. The Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Division will sell area souvenirs.
Additional information on the tournaments and area information can be found online at www.VisitMartinsville.com, at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center, located inside the New College Institute building on Moss Streets in Martinsville or by calling 276.632.8006.