CINCINNATI — The fifth annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics features 92 high school baseball and softball teams from Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Dayton playing from April 2-30.
New for 2016:
• Largest field in event history with 92 teams playing a total 47 games (started in 2012 with 50 teams playing 25 games)
• Debut of softball with matchups including Lebanon vs. Mason, Princeton vs. Withrow and Anderson vs. Walnut Hills
• Dayton area high schools will be included for the first time with a pair of doubleheaders at Wright State featuring Northmont vs. Wayne, Miamisburg vs. Springboro, Bellbrook vs. Franklin and Beavercreek vs. Centerville
The High School Showcase kicks off Saturday, April 2 at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy with Opening Day ceremonies planned for 11:30 a.m. and the first of seven games starting at Noon.
Many of the 47 games will be played at the region’s top baseball venues including the Urban Youth Academy, UC’s Marge Schott Stadium, Xavier University’s Hayden Field, Prasco Park in Mason, Midland Baseball Complex in Batavia, Wright State University’s Nischwitz Stadium and the newly renovated MLB Cincinnati Meinken All-Star Field in Covington, Ky.
Closing Day on Saturday, April 30 at the Urban Youth Academy includes six baseball games and two softball games.
Northmont and Wayne will square off on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the first half of a doubleheader. Miamisburg and Springboro will play the second game at 7 p.m. Both games will be held at Wright State University.
The full schedule and additional details can be found at reds.com/hsshowcase.
Tickets for the Reds Futures High School Showcase games are $5 and good for all games on that day. Each ticket includes a voucher good for a free View Level ticket to one of several 2016 Reds home games at Great American Ball Park and also includes a coupon for one free Skyline Chili Cheese Coney. Advance tickets can be purchased at each of the participating schools. Tickets also will be available on game days at each of the ballparks.
All players and coaches from the 92 teams will be invited to Great American Ball Park on Sunday, April 24 to participate in a “March at the Majors” parade around the field prior to the Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game at 1:10 p.m. MVPs from each of the games will be recognized on field during pregame ceremonies.