Thu., Feb 22, 2018  

 

 
 


s
 
 
 
Spacer

 

Gulf Coast Classic attracts top high school teams




By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

GULF SHORES - Over the course of the next few days, River Region Sports will be on the road with two teams playing in the prestigious Gulf Coast Classic baseball tournament in Gulf Shores.

Both LAMP and Brewbaker Tech are scheduled to play four games during the four days. RRS will cover the different aspects of the tournament including what the players and coaches do on a four-day trip.

“We are going to have some fun,” LAMP coach Rocky Smith said prior to the trip.  “It’s a great tournament and because you have so many good teams there, it’s a great chance to face great competition and enjoy some time away from school.”

The schedule included 20 games on Monday. A line of showers drove through the area overnight Sunday, putting the fields underwater.  Rain continued on Monday and all of the games were postponed until Tuesday, including LAMP’s doubleheader against Hueytown and Pinson Valley. Brew Tech also had its scheduled game against Huntsville moved to Tuesday.

LAMP has made the trip a few times. Last year, it won three games against solid competition.

The tournament is nine years old and has grown to be one of the most prestigious in the state. This year, 27 teams are entered from four different states.

“When we started in 2000, we had five teams,” Gulf Shores coach Donnie Spohn said.  “The next year, we had 10 teams. It is growing every year to the point that we have a waiting list of 60 teams if anybody drops out.”

For some reason, teams from Oklahoma are prominent on the list. Another local tournament features an “Oklahoma vs. Alabama” genre with all 12 teams coming from the two states.

“It started with word of mouth among coaches,” Spohn said.  “Once the word got out, teams started contacting us. Everybody loves to come to the beach.”

The thought might be that a vacation spot like Gulf Shores would not need a substantial event such as a 28-team baseball tournament during Spring Break. But the community uses the week as well as the weekend prior to the tournament to bolster the economy.

“Last year, the baseball tourney generated 1,500 room nights, $1.5 million economic impact on the area,” said Michelle Russ of the Alabama Gulf Coast Sports Commission. “These are great events and we look forward to them every year. We have a healthy traffic. That’s our goal when we bring in spring and fall events.”

The week also features a large softball tournament. Teams from all over the country participate including Alabama Christian Academy, which also had its game rained out Monday.


Bookmark and Share

2 Comments

  1. Randy Driskell says:

    Ok. Did we get any games in today? If so, what happened?

  2. admin says:

    Yes, and it was not a good day for the Tigers. Lost twice.

Latest Updates
Adams Drugs
 
St. James girls earn first-ever trip to Birmingham
PREP UPDATE: Lee girls, Carver boys headed to Birmingham; Success Unlimited, Ezekiel win titles
MA's AD McCall taking job in Florida
CENTRAL REGIONAL: Jeff Davis falls short in upset bid; Lee girls advance
2018 AHSAA Boys Regional results and schedule
2018 AHSAA Girls Regional Tournament schedule and results
AHSAA SUB-REGIONAL: St. James boys, girls advance; Catholic falls
AHSAA SUB-REGIONAL: Tallassee unable to get past Sipsey Valley for first regional berth
GIRLS SUB-REGIONAL: Carver cruises past Baldwin County
2018 AHSAA Boys Sub-Regional results

What's Happening
SportsTalk -RIVER REGION SPORTS, 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM, 12-2 p.m. (click to listen)
 
 
Thursday
HSBB - AHSAA Regional Tournaments (boys - click) (girls - click)
CBB - La-LaFayette at Troy (w/m), 5 p.m.
CBB - West Ga at AUM (w/m), 6 p.m.
CBB - Faulkner (w/m) at Middle Ga, 4:30 p.m.
CBB - Faulkner (w/m) at Brewton-Parker, 2 p.m.
WBB - Georgia at Alabama, 7 p.m.
WBB - Auburn at Miss St., 7 p.m.
CSOFT - Auburn vs Notre Dame/Wisconsin, 12/2:30 p.m. (Cathedral City, Calif.)
CSOFT - Huntingdon at LaGrange, 4 p.m.
Friday
CBASE - Washington St at Alabama (DH), 2 p.m.
CBASE - Bryant at Auburn, 5 p.m.
CBASE - Troy at Florida St., 3 p.m.
CBASE - Southern at Alabama St., 6 p.m.
CBASE - Ala-Huntsville at AUM, 6 p.m.
CBASE - Faulkner at Clark (Atl.), 12:30 p.m.
CBASE - Brevard at Huntingdon, 6 p.m.
CSOFT - Ga St/Fla St at Alabama, 4/6 p.m.
CSOFT - Auburn vs San Jose St, 2:30 p.m. (Cathedral City, Calif.)
CSOFT - Murray St/UAB at Troy, 3/ 5:30 p.m.
CSOFT - UT Martin/ SE Mizzou vs Alabama St., 10a.m./3 p.m. (Chattanooga, Tenn)
CSOFT - Ala-Huntsville at AUM, 6 p.m.
CTENN - Blue-Gray Classic, Lagoon Park/ O'Conner Tennis Ctr.
Saturday
 
MBB - Arkansas at Alabama, 5 p.m. (WTLS 106.5 FM/ SEC Network)
MBB - Auburn at Florida, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
CBB - La Monroe at Troy (w/m), 2 p.m.
CBB - Alabama St (w/m) at Prairie View, 3 p.m.
CBASE - Washington St at Alabama, 1 p.m.
CBASE - Bryant at Auburn, 12 p.m.
CBASE - Troy at Florida St., 12 p.m.
CBASE - Southern at Alabama St., 1 p.m.
CBASE - Ala-Huntsville at AUM (DH), 1 p.m.
CBASE - Faulkner at Clark (Atl.), 12:30 p.m.
CBASE - Brevard at Huntingdon, 2 p.m.
CSOFT - No Iowa/Fla St at Alabama, 1:30/4 p.m.
CSOFT - Auburn vs Oregon St/ Long Beach St, 2:30/9:30 p.m. (Cathedral City, Calif.)
CSOFT - Murray St at Troy, 3 p.m.
CSOFT - W Illinois/ W Mich. vs Alabama St., 10a.m./12:30 p.m. (Chattanooga, Tenn)
CSOFT - Ala-Huntsville at AUM (DH), 1 p.m.
CSOFT - Faulkner at Truett-McConnell (DH), 1 p.m.
CSOFT - Centenary at Huntingdon (DH), 12 p.m.
CTENN - Blue-Gray Classic, Lagoon Park/ O'Conner Tennis Ctr.
 

 

Untitled Document