2017 First National Bank Baseball Classic Begins Saturday

The Chillicothe Paints will host the week-long 5th Annual First National Bank “Baseball Classic” beginning this Saturday, March 25th.

A total of 26 high school teams will compete in a 14-game schedule over seven days. Opening Day for Ohio High School baseball is Saturday, March 25, and there will be five games slated at VA Memorial Stadium, starting at 10 a.m.

There will be one game each evening at 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, March 27 and running through Friday, March 31. The event will wrap up Saturday, April 1 with four games, starting at 10 a.m.

Each day’s admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. Concessions will be available.

Full Schedule of Events:

Saturday, March 25th:

10:00 a.m. - Westfall vs Oak Hill

12:30 p.m. - Zane Trace vs Archbishop McNicholas

3:00 p.m. - Circleville vs Jackson

5:00 p.m. - Wheelersburg vs Johathan Alder

7:30 p.m. - Gallia Academy vs Washington CH

Monday, March 27th:

6:30 p.m. - Piketon vs Lucasville Valley

Tuesday, March 28th:

6:30 p.m. Canal Winchester vs Athens

Wednesday, March 29th:

6:30 p.m. - Amanda Clearcreek vs Adena

Thursday, March 30th:

6:30 p.m. - Hilliard Darby vs Waverly

Friday, March 31st:

6:30 p.m. - Miami Trace vs London

Saturday, April 1st:

10:00 a.m. - Chillicothe vs Heath

12:30 p.m. - Teays Valley vs Newark

3:00 p.m. - Wheelersburg vs Adena

7:00 p.m. - Wellston vs Cuyahoga Heights

The “Baseball Classic” was established in 2013 with the idea of providing local baseball fans the opportunity to watch some of the “elite” prep programs from around the state and southeastern Ohio. Many of the teams are perennial powers and recent state champions, making this week-long event one of the top showcases of high school baseball in Ohio.

A number of the players featured in these games are already committed to top Division I collegiate baseball programs, and many more are being heavily recruited to further their respective careers in baseball. The odds are very good that some of these young players will be performing in the professional ranks in years to come.

The Baseball Classic is sponsored by Adena Health System with CNK Athletic Equipment of Circleville as a contributing sponsor.

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