Fans Visit Area from Around Mid-Atlantic
What do visitors from Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and New York have in common? They are all here in Martinsville for Mother’s Day Weekend to watch sons and grandsons play in the National Club Baseball Association’s (NCBA) Mid-Atlantic Championship at Hooker Field.
Four college club baseball teams are taking the field this weekend during the three-day double-elimination tournament. James Madison University (JMU) and Ohio University played the first game on Friday with JMU winning 11-8. In the second game on Friday, East Carolina University (ECU) beat University of Maryland with a final score of 10-3.
All four teams are staying in town at the Quality-Dutch Inn and parents are staying in hotels and campgrounds throughout the community. “Hosting tournaments like the NCBA are incredible marketing tools for the community as many of the players and fans had never been to Martinsville-Henry County before” said Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism
According to NCBA Vice President Christian Smith, “We are so excited to be back in Martinsville for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional! From the fantastic hospitality the community provides to the wonderful venue, we hope to be back in Martinsville for years to come.”
The NCBA tournament will continue on Saturday with Ohio University and Maryland taking the field at 9 a.m. JMU and ECU will play at 12 noon and another game will be played at 3p.m.
On Sunday, a game will be played at 9 a.m. and if needed, another one will be played at 12 p.m. The winner of the tournament will move on to the NCBA Mid-Atlantic World Series.
Single day admission is $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday or a tournament pass may be purchased for $12 on Saturday; children five and under are free with a paying adult. The Martinsville Community Recreation Association is selling concessions and all proceeds from ticket sales and concessions will benefit future enhancements to Hooker Field. The Martinsville Mustangs are selling beer and Mustangs souvenirs during the tournament. Fans will not be allowed to bring outside food or beverages into the stadium.
Additional information on the tournaments and area information can be found by calling 276.632.8006.