The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 22, 2014

Play ball: 2014 NJCAA Division II World Series starts tonight, field includes NOC Enid team

ENID, Okla. — Baseball will take center stage in Enid for the coming week as the city hosts the 2014 NJCAA Division II World Series.

Activities get under way tonight with a pep rally at 6:30 p.m. at Enid Event Center. The event is open to the public, and doors open at 6 p.m. There will be team introductions accompanied by music and a laser light show, as well as awards presented by NJCAA.

Following the pep rally, David Allen Memorial Ballpark is hosting an exhibition game between Enid Fire Department and Enid Police Department.

Baseball action begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the ballpark with the first of four games. The tournament could extend through May 31.

There are 10 teams in the tournament from 10 different states, and only one, Madison (Wis.) College, is back from last year. One of the new teams this year is our own Northern Oklahoma College Enid Jets.

With so many new teams and fans here, this is a great chance for Enid to showcase itself to a lot of people who haven’t been here before. Hospitality has been one of Enid’s strong suits during its run hosting the tournament. It’s a big reason why the city recently had its contract renewed through 2019. Enid has hosted the tournament since 2009.

Enid obviously is doing things right to get a new five-year extension. We don’t expect that to change this year.

It looks like rain could be a factor in the tournament this year, but David Allen Memorial Ballpark is the place to be.

Tickets are pretty reasonable. Single-game tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students (K-12) and free for military personnel with a military ID and children 12 and under with a paid adult admission.

Senior citizen tickets are two for the price of one.

There also are tournament passes available for $50. They are good for all games, including opening night festivities.

Let’s see big crowds at the ballpark to encourage all the teams and players.

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