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Thursday, May 24, 2012


WOOD BAT TOURNAMENT--San Diego is a hotbed of amateur baseball played with wooden bats and regular baseball rules. Several leagues and divisions within those leagues cater to amateur wood bat baseball from post high school to 70+. Several thousand players participate year-round all over San Diego county in 18, 35, 45 and 55 age groups. These weekend games are hard to spot because they’re usually played on rented high school fields.
But, this weekend, one senior baseball (not softball) tournament will be very visible and free to the public.
Called the 2nd Annual Senior San Diego Memorial Day Tournament, the games will be played May 26 thru May 28 at the varsity baseball diamonds at UCSD and San Diego State. Games will be played all day on Saturday and Sunday with championship games set for Monday.
Eight teams will participate. Five San Diego teams plus teams from Seattle, Sacramento and Los Angeles will hit the field during this upcoming holiday weekend.
Players and coaches have all paid $125 per person to participate and the collected league fees are going to support UCSD and SDSU baseball programs.
If you haven’t been to the beautiful university stadiums at UCSD and SDSU, here’s an opportunity at no cost. Besides the San Diego Padres will be out of town.
If anyone wishes to know more about senior baseball in San Diego grab one of the players and ask. The atmosphere is very clubby and genial. One of the best pitchers in the league is a lady. Players are divided into competitive and recreational leagues.
Tournament Sponsors: Veterans Baseball, Inc., and North County Mens Senior Baseball League.
For more info:
Tournament Director, John Ihrig,
Captions: 2011 Memorial Day Tournament winners, 58+ San Diego Mudcats.

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