Allegany County area residents are able to receive free admission Monday night, which includes a concluding fireworks display, as members of two regional New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star teams meet for a playoff game at Houghton.
The 6:30PM, July 10, match, pitting the league’s top players from the western division, which includes the Houghton Genesee Rapids team, against eastern area representatives, will be played on the Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex baseball field at 9897 State Route 19 on the Houghton University campus.
Ralph Kerr of Houghton, Genesee Rapids general manager, said that 25 players from each division, which have been involved in a 42-game season during June and July, will take part in the event.
The Western Division, in addition to the Genesee Rapids, is comprised of teams from Olean, Hornell,, Dansville and Horseheads, with the Eastern Division including teams from Cortland, Rochester, Sherill and two from Syracuse.
Kerr said the league, which is partially funded by National League Baseball, is some 40 years old, with the Genesee Rapids being a member for the past nine.
Players come from colleges around the country, with one student from the West Coast being a resident of Hawaii, and two Genesee Community College students being from Japan and Korea.
Major league baseball scouts attend some of the games, according to the general manager, with some students being drafted.
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