Since it’s officially summer, it’s time to dive deep into baseball, and this weekend gives fans a chance to see some quality teams.
Albany Athletics, 2012 and 2016 American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series champions host their 22nd Price Chopper / Market 32 Baseball Fest from Friday to Sunday at Schenectady’s Central Park. It is the longest summer baseball invitational tournament for teams 17 and older in the Northeast.
For the ninth year of the event, the Cancer Benefit will be against an official coach. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Each player, coach and umpire is given pink sweat bands to wear throughout the game to raise awareness of the fight against cancer.
The Capital District Baseball Umpires Association donates a portion of their playing fees to the American Cancer Society. Donations can be made directly by calling or visiting 518-220-6931 http://man.acsevents.org/goto/AlbanyAthleticsBB. Checks can be paid to the American Cancer Society and can be submitted to tournament sites this weekend.
This year’s competing Whitesboro pilots, All-Stars Academy (Latham), Upper Deck Titans (Amsterdam), Twin Town Devil Cats (North Greenbush), King Sports Monarchs (Schenectady) and host athletics, are 13-time champions. , Including the last three in 2021, 2019 and 2018. The 2020 tournament could not be played due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Tournament Founder / Director and Athletics Head Coach Joe Altieri said this year’s field is a combination of available, quality local teams and teams willing to travel between improvements but still significant COVID-19 statistics.
“We are grateful that Whitesboro is traveling and staying overnight,” said Altieri, who once came to the tournament from Columbus, Ohio (in 2012), Ottawa, Ontario, Rhode Island and New Jersey. “It worked well this year, and some good teams are playing.”
Altieri said the city is grateful to Schenectady for its role.
“He’s been good about holding that date for us for 22 years,” Altieri said. “And they’ve made significant improvements to the fields over the years.”
Each team will play three round-robin matches, with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals on Sunday morning. The championships will be held at A Diamond on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission to the tournament is free. All games can be followed on the Tourney Machine app or on Twitter @AlbanyAthletics.
“Even if we had it last year, it would be great to come back,” Altieri said. “It should be a great weekend for players and fans to bounce between the grounds and see other teams in a pretty friendly competition.”
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All matches are at 6pm
Whitesboro Pilots against Albany Athletics at Diamond A
King Sports Monarchs vs. All Stars Academy at Diamond B.
Upper Deck Titans vs Twin Town Devil Cats in Diamond C
King Sports Monarchs vs. Albany Athletics at Diamond A, 11am
Twin Town Devil Cats vs. All-Stars Academy Diamond B, 11am
Upper Deck Titans Diamond C against Whitesboro Pilots, 11am
Twin Town Devil Cats vs. Whitesboro Pilots at A Diamond, 1:30 p.m.
Upper Deck Titans vs King Sports Monarchs at B Diamond, 1:30 p.m.
Albany Athletics vs. All-Stars Academy C Diamond, 1:30 p.m.
** Rain Makeup Slots on Diamond A, if necessary, from 3pm to dark
Semifinal: No. 1 in Diamond A. No. 1 seed vs. No. 1 seed. 4 seed, 10 in the morning
Semifinal: No. 1 in Diamond C. No. 2 seed vs. No. 1 seed. 3 seed, 10 in the morning
Championship: Semifinal winners Diamond A, noon to 1 p.m.
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