HIgh school baseball tournament to be played in Wahoo Stadium

November 20, 2012

Press Release: The Championship Game of the 20th Annual Aggie Classic Baseball Tournament will be played at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The tournament, hosted by J.M. Tate High School, will be played the week of March 18-21, 2013.

Other local locations for the pool play will be Escambia High School, Tate High School, Washington High School, West Florida High School, Woodham Middle School and Pensacola State College. Twenty-two teams will compete in the 20th Annual Classic―sixteen high school teams from as away as Oklahoma and Tennessee and six local high school teams―all for a chance to play on the Wahoos field.

“I feel that our tournament is one of the best in the country. It takes a lot of people to put an event of this magnitude on and I am truly thankful for everyone’s assistance,” said Greg Blackmon, Head Coach for Tate High School. “The venues for the games have been improved thanks to Pensacola State College and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Teams are coming from great distances, as well as our local teams, and I’m looking forward to a great week of competition.”

As a special bonus, there will be an official Opening Ceremony on Sunday, March 17 from 2-6 p.m. at the Wahoos Stadium. There will be tournament announcement and a parade of teams followed by a team “meet and greet.” The opening ceremonies are open to the public.

Tickets for each game are $5 for adults and students and will be available at the gate at each location. Games will be played at the six local fields Monday though Wednesday with the Championship Games on Thursday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday games will be played at the Wahoo Stadium and tickets are $6.00 for this event.

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  • DD November 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This tourament has being going on for many years with the finals at UWF or Tate. I have never seen the final packed without a local team. I am a rabid fan that watches high school baseball with 75 other fans,parents and family. The schools from out of town do not travel with hundreds of fans. My point if you want to pack the park then set up a game between Pace vs Catholic or Tate. The out of town teams do have a huge impact with dollars for beds,food etc but they will only bring 25-50 people from each team. If we want to insure the stands are packed then lets book two local powerhouse squads.

  • Jerry Martin November 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

    DD, by that logic Omaha should immediately give up the College World Series because the odds are against two local teams making it to the finals. Geroge is right, not only will each out-of-state team bring hundreds of supporters, family and friends to the area, there are thousands of rabid local baseball freaks that will easily fill up the stadium for a chance to watch two excellent high school teams play with each other.

  • George Hawthorne November 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Buy not by

  • joe November 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    The tournament is more than likely a major fund raiser for Tate High Baseball. If the word gets out the finals will be played in a first-class, minor league facility they are likely to attract some great competition by teams who attract sponsors for travel funds and definitely spend money at their destinations.

    It’s not so much a community event but at least it’s use of the bay ballpark.

    Good Luck to Tate High School baseball and with Catholic High an annual state contender perhaps they will have a shot at palying in the ballpark.

  • DD November 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm


    Most of the high school teams don’t bring lots of supporters but do carry about twenty-five players,coaches and support staff. They do stay in the local hotels and spend dollars. My point is that two out of state teams will not cover the cost of turning on the lights and labor to open the gates. Get two of the top local teams in the area to play then a sale out is possible. I am guessing that you would need to sale 1000 to 1500 tickets at $5.00 to cover the cost. I am still excited to see the park being used for events like this and the Soul Bowl but I would take the gamble as a for profit promoter.

  • George Hawthorne November 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm


    If by chance there were 2 out-of-state teams that would be the best-case scenario for the area. It is a fact, that traveling teams bring the supporters that by hotel rooms, food, entertainment and retail goods. Each of these add to the local economy and taxes (sales, bed-tax)which, doesn’t include that ticket surcharges that go to City under the stadium lease agreement. Again, sounds like a great community event.

  • DD November 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Strange move,I would think they would want to show case two local teams. There is a good chance the final could be two out of state teams playing in front of lees than one-hundred people.

  • George Hawthorne November 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Sounds like a community event to me!