Father's Day Classic Continues To Grow

The Father's Day Classic has the most teams it has ever had in its history with 32 this weekend.
Sports Editor

This weekend is forecasted for perfect baseball weather and it so happens to be perfect timing for the St. Marys Baseball Associations’ Father’s Day Classic at K.C. Geiger.

The annual Little League tournament — usually run but Russ Bailey for a number of years — but with his son, Wyatt, playing baseball at the varsity level, Brian Beam and Brent Verbryke took over the tournament this season as co-directors.

And with the change in leadership, the tournament has grown to the most teams in its history with 32.

Those interested had to fill out a registration form and mail it, but this year, the tournament had an email account setup as well as its website and social media platforms to allow people to register for the tournament.

Beam said the tournament has also an increased social media presence with Facebook, Twitter (@StMarysFDC) and Instagram (stmarysfathersdayclassic) to follow the tournament.

“I think that helped bring our teams in with 32 teams,” he said. “Last year, we had 28, which was the most we have ever had, until this year.”

Beam said there is an 8U Division added for the first time in the history of the tournament — which will now have five divisions, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

“Our goal is to expand it and there are things in the works to possibly do a 13-14U [Division] next year,” Beam said. “The facilities here can handle it for sure, it is just a matter of getting the right people in here to run it.

The tournament — which will begin at 6 p.m. Friday — will be held on baseball diamonds 1 through 4 as well as diamonds 9 and 10 at K.C. Geiger Park, which Beam gave credit to Supervisor of Parks and Urban Forestry Gregg Clark for maintaining the quality of the park throughout the three-day tournament.

For the full story, see Friday's print edition of The Evening Leader.