Swamp tourney starts Thursday (06-26-13)
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 09:06
Eighty-eight baseball teams will compete in the Great Black Swamp Tournament Thursday through Sunday.
|File photo. Carter park baseball diamond. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The tournament consists of players age 11-18 and will be held at 10 sites with Carter Park in Bowling Green serving as the host.
The U18 and U16 tournaments will have 24 teams each.
The teams will have pool play Thursday through Saturday, followed by the semifinals Sunday morning and the championship game Sunday afternoon.
Most of the teams are from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
"This is looked at as more of a national tournament," said BG Pee Wee League president Tim Dunn, who oversees the tournament with David Barkholz and Scot Bressler.
Approximately 50-100 college baseball coaches and Major League Baseball scouts have been invited to the tournament.
"The teams are looking for a highly visible, high quality, very competitive tournament ... trying to showcase their players in preparation for them to get college scholarships or get them drafted by Major League Baseball," Dunn said.
The U11, U12, U13 and U14 divisions will have 10 teams each. Each age group will have two divisions for pool play Thursday through Saturday, with the division winners meeting for the championship Sunday morning.
Those tournaments will be played on seven diamonds at Carter Park.
"This is the most competitive tournament we run throughout the summer," Dunn said. "We have very strong teams coming in from Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati."
The swamp takes about nine months to prepare for, Dunn said.
"This will have a great financial impact on the community of Bowling Green," Dunn said. "We have hotels completely full between Bowling Green, Findlay and Perrysburg. The tournament also supports our local restaurants, gas stations, numerous businesses in the Bowling Green community.
"The teams like our facilities and the quality of competition, and they like the organization of the tournament and the quality of umpiring," Dunn added.
The swamp is the last major tournament at Carter Park this season, although the park will host its annual all-star tournament for teams ages 9-14 starting July 24.
Carter Park already has hosted four Nations Baseball Tournaments, under the direction of Dave Whitmire and Justin Reitz.
The park hosted 94 teams for the U11 and U16 state tournaments June 13-16, 60 teams (age 9-14) for the Carolyn and Michael Henschen Classic Memorial Day Weekend and 40 teams (ages 9-14) for a state qualifier May 3-5.
The BG Pee Wee League is planning three major projects, Dunn said.
The walkways into the park will be repaved this fall. The walkways haven't been upgraded since the park opened 24 years ago.
Two other projects will be completed this fall or next spring, Dunn said. The dugouts will be renovated on Diamonds 1, 2 and 3, and two more batting cages will be added.
Tickets are still available for the BG Pee Wee League's night at the Toledo Mud Hens July 7. The Mud Hens play Indianapolis at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the game are $4 and are available by contacting Dunn,
. The deadline to order tickets is Thursday.
Dunn said tickets for the game were originally $8, but Dunn Funeral Home and Union Bank are paying for half of each ticket.
For more information on the tournaments, visit blackswampsports.org or bgbaseball.com.