Players arrive for 40th North-South baseball classic
Senior high school baseball players around New Mexico will participate in the 40th Annual Bob Ogas North-South All-Star Baseball Classic, Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 at Apodaca Park, at 2300 N. Solano Drive.
First pitch for the opener is 7:30 p.m. while a double-header will start at noon Saturday.
For many players this will be the last chance of showcasing their skills and talent to university and junior college coaches. In the past, for some athletes that has meant a scholarship or a try-out with a professional team. It is also an opportunity for young people to have fellowship and socialize with some of the best players in the state. Three years ago the event was renamed as tribute to Bob Ogas, the former Mayfield High School baseball coach and principal who is a cofounder of the games. The 40th Annual Bob Ogas North-South All-Star Baseball Classic is sponsored by the Optimist Club of Las Cruces, a service organization that has been assisting the youth of this community since 1961. The proceeds for the event are used for projects that assist the youth. New Mexico State University provides housing for the teams. Other events planned as part of the tournament include: A welcoming cookout, Breakfast with the Optimist Club at IHOP, Brunch at Hotel Encanto, Skills Showcase and Home Run Competition.
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