DuBOIS — Though the weather has not been cooperating as much as he would like, DuBois City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio said the fields will still be ready to host the Small College World Series in May.
“It’s getting closer to spring and I know everybody’s looking forward to it as much as we are here at the city,” Suplizio said. “I don’t want to say we’re behind schedule, but obviously the weather has not helped us in getting both fields completed. But we feel confident that they will be completed and be ready for both the Small College World Series in baseball and Small College World Series in softball.”
The City of DuBois is set to host the 2018 USCAA Small College World Series for both baseball and softball on Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 18.
A total of 20 teams — 10 baseball and 10 softball — will be in DuBois for championship week. The baseball tournament will be held at Showers’ Field, while the softball event will take place at the new turf Challenger Field at City Park.
“We’re very excited about having all these different teams from all over the area. We’re not talking just in Pennsylvania. We’re talking all over the country,” Suplizio said. “All these different coaches and athletes are coming to the area and will see what DuBois is all about. It’s a time to showcase our area and we’re looking for public support and give them the DuBois family treatment.”
Suplizio said the city will be looking for volunteers to help with the event. Information on that will be forthcoming.
Championship Week will kick off with a welcoming event at Showers’ Field on Sunday, May 13. There will be a parade featuring all 20 teams, a home run derby for both softball and baseball players, a music concert and a fireworks show to cap off the night.
Ticket information for both championships, including an affordable day pass for residents of Clearfield County, will be announced later in the spring.