Premier Baseball Championships Return to Springfield for Fourth Consecutive Year

Hundreds of the best youth baseball players in the nation will be in the Ozarks June 30-July 5 for the 2015 Premier Baseball Incoming Freshman Championship, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.

Nearly 600 players and coaches and an additional 1,000 fans are expected for the tournament that will take place at Meador Park, Southwest Baptist University, Willard High School, Glendale High School, Kickapoo High School, Springfield Catholic High School, Ozark High School, Marshfield High School, Forsyth High School and Hollister High School. For a complete schedule, visit www.premierbaseball.net and follow @baseballpremier on Twitter for schedule updates.

Opening ceremonies set to begin at 6 p.m. June 30 at Hammons Field are free and open to the public.

Tournament passes are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Daily passes are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Children six and younger are free.

The Incoming Freshman tournament will be followed July 14-19 by the Premier Baseball Senior Championship, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.

Premier Baseball  is comprised of 31 elite baseball organizations in North America with a common goal to provide student athletes maximum exposure to the collegiate and professional scouting communities. Premier events are played at top college and professional venues in North America.

Premier Baseball organizations are committed to working together for the betterment and advancement of all players. Member programs are dedicated, through collaborative leadership, to develop, promote and deliver quality instruction, competition and student-athlete centered programs which allow players to reach their true potential.

Premier Baseball players compete at the highest levels while learning life lessons including discipline, hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship and integrity. By consistently playing with the best and against the best players in North America, Premier Baseball players are more prepared for collegiate and professional baseball.

The organization’s alumni list includes over 10,100 college players and 1,600 MLB drafted players. Past Premier Baseball alums include current Major Leaguers Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Albert Pujols, Hunter Pence and others.

Premier Baseball is one of many amateur sports organizations brought to the area by the Springfield Sports Commission and the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The nonprofit organizations are dedicated to boosting the local economy through growth in travel and tourism to the area. For more information, call 417-881-5300 or visit www.SpringfieldMoSports.org and www.SpringfieldMo.org.

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Lance Kettering is the Executive Director of the Springfield Sports Commission and Sports Sales Manager for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau

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