The Lowell Spinners, Single-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have announced the 2017 America East Conference Baseball Championship will be coming May 24 - 27 to LeLacheur Park. The tournament will host the University at Albany, Binghamton University, University of Hartford, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, University of Maine, and Stony Brook University.
The four day tournament will ultimately crown the champion of the seven team conference. The first matchup is slated for Wednesday, May 24th at 11:00 a.m. The double-elimination tournament will feature three games per day leading up the championship on Saturday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.
"We're excited to be back at LeLacheur Park for a fifth-straight year for our baseball championship," said America East Commissioner, Amy Huchthausen. "The community and fan support we have received from the Greater Lowell area has made for a great atmosphere for our student-athletes, and we can't wait to see what this year brings. The America East prides itself on having the best college baseball in the region and we look forward to an exciting four days in Lowell."
The partnership with the Spinners and America East also aims to provide a high level of entertainment and competition for both the fans and athletes from surrounding states as well as surrounding cities and communities. Among the six participating teams, the state of Massachusetts is heavily represented, with a grand total of twenty players. The University of Maine is leading the way with local connections, rostering ten players from around The Bay State, including two from the Merrimack Valley in Brock Riley (Lowell), and Chris Murphy (Billerica).
"The Spinners are thrilled to host the America East Conference Baseball Championship and are looking forward to some exciting games and a variety of local players showcased here at LeLacheur Park," said Spinners General Manager Shawn Smith. "This is another example of our commitment to bring a variety of high caliber events here to the ballpark and the Merrimack Valley."
All tickets will be sold in-person, the day of every game. Pricing will be $10 for adults, $5 for youth (14 and under), and $2 for any America East students with valid school ID.
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