|February 7, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. - The Rockford RiverHawks will provide American Legion players with an event to showcase their skills this summer.
Today, the RiverHawks announced their first Independence Day Wooden Bat Showcase Tournament, to be held July 6-8 at both RiverHawks Stadium and at Marinelli Field, the team's former home.
"It's great that we're going to be getting some quality baseball at Marinelli Field this summer," general manager Josh Olerud said. "With all the scouts there watching them, it gives them a chance to see how these kids handle a wooden bat, but it also gives the kids experience for when they get to the level where they have to use wooden bats."
Although the tournament will primarily feature American Legion teams, the tournament is open to teams with players 18 and younger and that abide Legion player-eligibility rules. Teams from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota have committed to the event, which the RiverHawks plan to hold annually.
The 12 teams in the tournament will be split into three pools for round-robin play. Each pool winner and a wild card will advance to single-elimination play. The semifinals and championship game will be held at RiverHawks Stadium.
There are still a few open spots for teams that wish to join the showcase. For more information, contact Olerud at (815) 885-BALL.
The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. Advertising, season-ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.