Maybe the city of Ozark is becoming to the Alabama Community College Conference what the city of Hoover is to the Southeastern Conference.Since 2010, the ACCC Baseball Tournament has been held at Ozark's Eagle Stadium. It must be going well for all parties. Ozark was awarded another three-year contract which begins in 2016.
"This tournament means a lot for us," said Steve Sherill of the Ozark Department of Leisure Services. "For openers, there's the obvious economic impact. We estimate this tournament has over a $200,000 economic impact on our city.
"It brings in thousands of people that would not normally visit our city. All of our hotels are full. And all of the people coming to town will be eating in our restaurants and shopping here. Plus, they get to see some great baseball."
Ten teams will compete for the conference championship and the right to advance to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. The tournament gets underway Friday morning at 9 a.m. That's when the Wallace College Govs will take on Wallace Hanceville. The Govs are the fourth seed from the Southern Division, while Hanceville is the fifth seed from the North.
At 12:30 p.m., Southern Union will take on Wallace-Selma. The 4 p.m. game will feature nationally ranked Chattahoochee Valley against Lawson State. The final game of the first day will get underway at 7:30. It features Marion Military against Faulkner State.
The top two seeds from each division will not see action until Saturday. Shelton State will take on the winner of the Wallace-Dothan and Wallace-Hanceville matchup at 4 p.m. The only other school from the Wiregrass, the LBW Saints of Andalusia, will take on the winner of Southern Union and Selma at 7:30.
The championship game is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the "if necessary" game would follow that one, also on Wednesday afternoon.
The ACCC Tournament is co-hosted by the city of Ozark and Wallace Community College. All of the games will be streamed live on the web and can be viewed at www.acccathletics.com.