Baseball tournament coming to Johnstown

Johnstown’s Point Stadium will be the host of the 2017 baseball conference tournament.

Cory Geer

Johnstown’s Point Stadium will be the host of the 2017 baseball conference tournament.

Cory Geer, Staff Writer

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The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference baseball tournament is coming back to Johnstown.

The tournament is to be played at Johnstown’s Point Stadium

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner Will Adair said that this is a three-year agreement running until 2020.

“We were looking for a place that had turf field and could handle the volume of games in a short amount of time and that is something that Point Stadium can do,” said Adair.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference baseball tournament is scheduled to be played May 10-13.

The tournament will feature the top four teams from the conference’s eastern and western divisions.

Johnstown city officials last brought the conference tournament in 2011, when Mercyhurst was crowned conference champions at the Point Stadium.

Somerset resident Seth Rose said he loves the idea of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference returning to Johnstown.

“As a baseball fan I love the idea that I can watch good competition played so close to my home.”

The tournament was held the last four years at Pullman Park in Butler Pennsylvania.

When the conference tournament was last held at Point Stadium

Pitt-Johnstown was not a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

If Pitt-Johnstown’s baseball team were to qualify for the tournament, they would have the ability to play the tournament on their home turf.

Pitt-Johnstown catcher Dylan Conrad said that it would be great opportunity to play home games during the conference tournament.

“If we could get into the conference tournament it would be a big advantage to play the games at Point Stadium. We know how do deal with the quirky outfield walls.”

Indiana  (Pa.) University junior pitcher Michael Klingensmith said that it is a huge advantage if Pitt-Johnstown were to qualify for the conference tournament.

“(Pitt-Johnstown) doesn’t have to travel and they know how Point Stadium plays. There is a different feeling playing at home,” said Klingensmith.

The possibility of home-field advantage was looked at but Adair said the bottom line was Point Stadium was the best facility possible for the conference tournament.

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