Locals to compete for national championship
Cassville's Jeremiah Fisher among elite company
Cassville standout baseball player Jeremiah Fisher is among elite company this week, competing in the 2016 Premier Baseball Junior Championship tournament in Joplin.
Fisher plays for The Bull Pen, an all-star team comprised of players from Cassville, Aurora, Monett, Ozark and Walnut Grove.
They are coached by Scott Wright, Michael Singer and Grant Baker.
The Bull Pen opens tourney play today (Wednesday) at 2:30 p.m. against Houston C2 Select in Pittsburg, Kan.
Team members include: Gage Singer, Kaleb Baker, Wyatt Sparks, Zac Shoemaker and Matthew Miller, Aurora; Jonathan Hawkins, Zack Burgherr, Brady Wright and Ian Meyer, Monett; Hayden Jeffryes, Walnut Grove; and Chuck Hill, Ozark.
The 2016 tournament field includes 50 teams, and it will feature 160 games over five days utilizing 10 ballparks in three states.
This year marks the 12th year Premier Baseball has conducted a tournament in Joplin starting in 2005 with the Premier Baseball Senior Championship. The Incoming Freshman and Junior Championship have been held in Joplin in past years.
The 10 host stadiums include Seneca High School Baseball Field, Homa Thomas Field, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Baseball Field in Miami, Okla.; Joe Pollock Stadium in downtown Miami; Mickey Mantle Field in Commerce, Okla.; the Field of Dreams in Baxter Springs, Kan.; Jaycee Ballpark in Pittsburg, Kan.; Joplin High School Baseball Stadium, Warren Turner Field at Missouri Southern, Wendell Redden Stadium at the Joplin Athletic Complex and the renovated Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin.
Games will begin Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at all 10 locations with 44 games on the opening day, four locations will have a fifth game, Joe Becker Stadium, Warren Turner Field, Joplin High School and Wendell Redden Stadium. Eight fields will have 31 games on Thursday, as the opening pool play will conclude.
Friday and Saturday's games will feature the field seeded 1-32 and 33-50 for a championship pool and a consolation pool. Championship bracket quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Becker Stadium, Warren Turner Field, Joplin High School and Field of Dreams in Baxter Springs.
Sunday's games include championship and consolation bracket semifinals. The championship semifinals and championship game will be played at Joe Becker Stadium. Warren Turner Field will host consolation semifinals and championship game.
A complete tournament schedule and opening pool pairings are posted online at www.premierbaseball.net
Additional notes about the 2016 tournament:
* 50 teams are participating from nine states including 29 from Texas, 11 from Missouri, three from Arkansas, one each from Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Oklahoma.
* For the fourth year, games will be scored at each ballpark on iPads with the Pointstreak program. Games will be available for live updates online at www.premierball.net. Premier Baseball also has a Facebook page, search for "Baseball Premier" and scores will be posted on Twitter, follow the tournament @baseballpremier. Also, be sure to like the Joplin Sports Authority Facebook page. JSA will be posting updates about Premier Baseball and other events on Facebook as well.
* Pointstreak is being used as the official scoring and statistic software of Premier Baseball.
For more information about the Premier Baseball Junior World Series, people may contact Craig Hull at 417-625-1006, or log onto Facebook and 'like' the Joplin Sports Authority on Facebook and follow @JoplinSports on Twitter.