First Ever Baseball Showcase Battle at the Borders to start Thursday
The public is invited to watch as baseball teams from around the Northeast and Canada compete in a 4-day tournament at which collegiate coaches scout their next star athletes. With 50 talented teams confirmed, the 1st-ever Showcase Battle at the Borders is the 4th-largest event of the summer organized by Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournaments. More than 780 participants along with an additional 1,950 spectators are expected to attend this showcase. We expect this first-time event will result in at least 300 room nights booked.
The first event of the Showcase (originally planned for Wednesday, July 17) was postponed due to rain affecting the field conditions and forecasted thunderstorms. The event includes 3 full days of play Thursday through Saturday, some semi-finals and all championship games on Sunday, and the College Showcase Camp on Friday.
Who: The Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau is thrilled to assist Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournaments as they come to the Lake George Area for the first time.
What: Showcase Battle at the Borders Tournament, 4-day tournament with College Showcase Camp
When/ Where: All around the area from Albany to Glens Falls. Games start at 9 a.m. Click here to view the full schedule. See abbreviate schedule below.
College Showcase Camp: Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 Postponed due to unplayable field conditions after rain and lightning threats to Friday, July 19th from 7-10 p.m.
- High School Prep — 13 and under (13U)
- Rising Stars — 14 and under/ 15 and under (14U/15U)
- College Prep — 16 and under/17 and under (16U/17U)
- College Select — 18 and under/19 and under (18U/19U) (4 Divisions)
Pool play: Thursday, July 18th through Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Playoffs & Championships: Sunday, July 21st, 2019
Using the following fields:
8U/19U Division: Pool Play Fields (Championship Game is at Skidmore College)
- SUNY-Adirondack; East Field; Glens Falls, NY
- Skidmore College; Saratoga Springs, NY
- University of Albany; Albany, NY
16U/17U Division: Pool Play Fields (Playoffs are at East Side Recreation and Championship is at Skidmore College)
- Gavin Park; Wilton, NY
- East Side Recreational Park; Saratoga, NY
- Geyser Park; Saratoga, NY
14U/15U Division: Pool Play Fields (Championship is at Skidmore College)
- Morse Athletic Complex Field #1; Glens Falls, NY
- Morse Athletic Complex Field #2; Glens Falls, NY
13U Division: Pool Play Fields (Playoffs are held on same fields and Championship is at Skidmore College)
- Moreau Recreation Park; Moreau, NY
- Glens Falls HS; Glens Falls, NY
Games will take place at the following fields: East Field; Skidmore College; University of Albany; East Side Recreation, Geyser Park and Morse Athletic Complex. Teams are coming from Canada, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island.
Why: With more than 300 room nights booked ahead of time this tournament is bringing guaranteed, booked business to the area. Though there are rain postponements, this is weather-proof business for our area. Firecracker also worked with other local businesses, such as Six Flags Great Escape for discount tickets for players. This collaborative approach highlights the vacation opportunities in our area end emphasizes the “sportcation” possibilities.
This event has been a year in the making. CVB Special Event and Convention Sales Director Kristen Hanifin met Firecracker Baseball Owner/President Mark Cooke last year at CONNECTSports, a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah last year.
This event also helps showcase talent to colleges, providing an excellent opportunity for athletes. The College Showcase Camp was close to selling out with 52+ players for the night with 25+ colleges attending. Some of the colleges attending are Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College, St. John’s University, College of Holy Cross, Worcester State University, Wofford College; University of Albany, Castleston University, Nichols College, Johnson & Wales University, Skidmore College and New England College plus more that just show up
Firecracker Baseball, based in Rhode Island, gives players and coaches opportunities to interact on and off the field to ensure that players get full exposure to showcase their skills as well as their personalities. Tournaments include four-game guarantee pool play against some of the best teams in the country on premier, college and top high school fields. Showcases provide the best experience of playing on college and premier fields for a unique opportunity.
About the Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Lake George Regional CVB is a division of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the Lake George Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau is to increase tourism and economic development through the solicitation and booking of new group business in sports, meetings, conventions, reunions and special events and by creating year-round, weather-proof business opportunities to increase tourism, room nights, tax dollars and local occupancy tax.
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