WARSAW – It’s becoming old hat for the CCAC. But the complex is welcoming the Baseball Players Association tournaments to Warsaw with open arms.
The BPA has been held in Warsaw for most of the past decade, hosting seven of the past eight BPA World Series tournaments dating back to 2009. Warsaw’s only year in that run not to host was 2012. This year’s tournaments will include 10U, 11U and 13U age groups, with bracket play beginning Wednesday and running through Saturday. Sunday is set for a rain date if one of the days is pushed back.
The festivities for the teams, and the community as a whole, begins Tuesday. Teams will file in Tuesday morning for check-in, and later will take part in a skills competition. A home run derby, speed and agility skills as well as an around the horn test will allow players to show off their skills in a fun competition.
Once those competitions wrap up Tuesday afternoon, teams will move to downtown Warsaw for a Parade of Champions around the Kosciusko County courthouse. Keynote speakers for this year’s World Series are former South Bend Silver Hawks manager and now South Bend Cubs Performance Center coordinator Mark Haley, as well as University of Michigan pitching coach Steve Mirriman.
Keynote speakers for recent BPA World Series in Warsaw include Major League Baseball stars Bill Buckner, Ken Griffey Sr., Bruce Sutter, Scott Sanderson and retired Purdue baseball coach Doug Schreiber.