Aurora — The city is preparing to host some Continental Amateur Baseball Association High School World Series games July 18-21 at Ed Sherwin Field, and Aurora will have a team in the event.
Many of the local players have played on Aurora High School’s highly successful varsity team the last couple of years, and several have been scouted by colleges from throughout the country.
Among the local players in action will be Matt Carpenter, Josh Andexler, Nick Ely, A.J. Kimes, Carter Semancik, Pat and Joey Mylott, Andy Weber and Brandon Overholt. Scouts likely will be watching them, with possible college scholarships on the line.
CABA will use the new pressbox it donated to the city for the first time for this weekend tournament. Four games a day will be played at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 3 and 5:30 p.m.
No schedule of the local games was available at presstime. Check the website for scheduling information.
Children age 12 and under and adults 60 and older will be admitted free. Individual game tickets cost $7 at the gate, and weeklong passes — which also include admission to CABA’s other tourney sites — cost $30. A limited number of free weeklong passes will be available at the Aurora Parks and Recreation Department.
A hospitality tent and concession sand will be open for fans’ convenience.
Last year, the Northern Ohio Pastors were champions at the Aurora tournament, defeating the Midwest Pelicans 10-2 in the title game. The Pastors went undefeated.
The Aurora team beat the Markham Mariners 10-4 and Illinois Indians 9-7, and lost to the Pastors 7-3, the Jackson Bears 11-5 and Williamsport Nationals 12-3.
Scott Weber of Aurora earned the George Hats Omachie Award, and Matt Carpenter was named to the all-tournament team.
Matt’s grandfather, Ed Carpenter, is the national director of the CABA World Series and operates the G-Plex athletic complex in Garrettsville. He was instrumental in bringing the CABA World Series to Northeast Ohio in the mid-1980s.
The first tourneye was in Euclid, and several other sites have been added since then.
Many eventual Major League Baseball players have played in the tourney over the years, such as Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriquez, Josh Hamilton, Jayson Werth, Jamey Wright, Carlos Castillo and Andy Sonnanstine of Solon.
“The is a tremendous opportunity for the Aurora community to watch some of the best baseball around without leaving the city,” said Scott Weber, Aurora director of the CABA High School World Series and father of Aurora player Andy.