The Fall Classic has taken on an all-new meaning on the Eastern Panhandle.
No Major League Baseball playoffs.
No World Series.
But perhaps there will be a Mr. October this weekend when five mixed teams of baseball players from four counties participate in the second annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Fall Classic.
It was such a success in 2021, organizers indicated they expect it to continue for years to come.
The baseball tournament is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Musselman baseball complex, a prelude to next weekend’s Apple Harvest Festival.
It is a kickoff to the big event, to mix a metaphor, if you will.
There will be an opening ceremony, featuring sports grand marshal Vicky Bullett, a two-time Olympic basketball player, an All-American, a WNBA All-Star and a college coach, among other attributes, from Martinsburg.
That first event, which also will recognize area athletes, will be followed by a pair of skills competitions — Turn Two and Golden Spike.
There will be three games on Saturday, starting with Team Fortune playing Team York at 10 a.m.
Team Empire plays Team Rome at noon, and Team Fortune takes on Team Freedom to wrap up the first day’s action at 2 p.m.
There are a pair of preliminary games starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. Elimination games begin at 1 p.m. and continue straight through to the championship contest slated for 7 p.m.
Eligible players were required to possess at least a 3.0 grade-point average for the 2020-21 school year. They can be from Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan counties.
There are 63 players slated to play.
Admission is $5 per person, and those 12 and under are free.
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