The Lee baseball team will depart for Mason, Ohio today and take part in the NCCAA World Series. Coach Mark Brew’s club drew the No. 3 seed in the 10-team field.
On Tuesday the Flames will spend two hours taking part in the Christian Service Project. All teams will complete their community service project at Matthew 25: Ministries. Matthew 25: is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization helping the poorest of the poor locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally regardless of race, creed, or political persuasion. The annual World Series banquet will follow.
The tournament is divided into pools of A and B with five teams in each pool. The top two finishers from each pool will begin single-elimination, semifinal play on Friday at 5 p.m., with the winner of Pool A going against the runner-up from Pool B. At 8 p.m., the winner of Pool B will test the runner-up from pool A. The championship game is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s a unique tournament format when you have pool play,” admitted Brew. “It involves a little more strategy than your traditional double-elimination bracket. We will study the bracket and try to gain some information on our opponents and set up our pitching to give us the best chance to be successful. Regardless, we need to continue to play and pitch aggressively as we have over the last three weeks.”
Lee will be carrying a 10-game winning streak when it begins four days of Pool B play on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. against Toccoa Falls, Ga. Some five hours later the Flames will be pitted against Lancaster, Pa., at 4 p.m. On Thursday, Lee will face an old rival and the No. 1 seed in Pool B, Trevecca Nazarene at 8 p.m. Brew’s crew will round out pool play on Friday at 10 a.m., testing Cedarville, Ohio.
Oklahoma Christian is seeded No. 1 overall and is in Pool A. Fresno Pacific, Bluefield College, Trinity Christian and Shorter are the other four teams in Pool A. All totaled six teams in the 10-team field are in the transition period to the move to NCAA Division II. Lancaster is already a NCAA Division III program.
“We are excited to be a part of the NCCAA World Series,” said Brew before his team departed. “From what I hear, the people at Prasco Park do an outstanding job with the tournament and the facilities are off the charts. Additionally, I hear the community of Mason really enjoys hosting the event and we can’t wait to get started on Wednesday.
“It should be an outstanding week of baseball and an awesome opportunity for our program.”
All games at both Prasco Park and Legacy Field will be streamed live courtesy of Tourbeau Sports Group. To find the link to TSG’s website, please visit http://www.prascopark.com/default.asp?contentID=97. All Lee games will also be broadcast on radio stations 101.3 FM (The Buzz) and 1570 AM (WCLE).