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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 20, 2017 1:00 am

In the news

World Baseball site sets open house

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The World Baseball Academy, which dedicated its three new baseball fields on Tuesday, will hold an open house for the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the ASH Centre, 1701 Freeman St.

The fields, which will be used by players 8 and older, feature artificial-surface infields, natural-grass outfields, irrigation systems, dugouts and moveable mounds and bases.

So far, $2.8 million has been spent on the fields, all from donations. Work is still being done on scoreboards, seating and other amenities, and donations are still being accepted. The World Baseball Academy's open house is intended for the public to see the fields and learn about its programs and tournaments.

Beginning in the spring, the fields will be available for mid-week play by colleges, high schools, travel teams, Little League teams, Wildcat teams or other youth baseball organizations. On weekends, the World Baseball Academy's Hoosier Classic Tournaments will bring teams from northeast Indiana, the nation and Canada.

The intent of the Academy is to improve baseball skills and leadership qualities.

To learn more about the not-for-profit World Baseball Academy, or get information on how to rent fields or to donate to ongoing projects, call 260-436-1507 or visit

– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette