RussMatt Central Florida Invitational Set to Begin Play
224 Teams to Participate in Collegiate Baseball Spring Training in Polk County
Auburndale, Fla. (February 12, 2013) – Play in the 2013 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational is set to begin on Monday, February 18, as Warner University will open play by facing Brandeis University from Massachusetts. More than 270 NAIA, Junior College, Division I, II and III colleges and university baseball teams will participate in the annual college Spring Training program taking place from February 18 to April 4 on baseball fields throughout Polk County. While Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Park and Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes Park will host the majority of the 946 games scheduled, other facilities such as Henley Field, Southeastern University, Webber International University and a number of high school baseball complexes will see action during the event’s seven week schedule of games and practices.
The 2013 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational will not only feature great play on the baseball diamonds across Central Florida, it will also provide some interesting and inspiring stories from the players and teams making the trek to Polk County. One such story is junior outfielder Dillon Coleman from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. who was born without a left hand. In 2011 Dillon started in 25 games for the Fighting Scots and hit .278 for the season and hit 3 home runs. Dillon’s impressive play continued in 2012 where he started 35 games and recorded 16 RBI’s, 18 runs scored and 7 stolen bases. Left handed pitcher Bryan Sullivan of Ramapo College of Mahwah, N.J. competes for the Roadrunners despite the fact he has cerebral palsy and does not have use of his right hand. One team that is heading to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational as an underdog is the team from Bard College from Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. March 2013 marks the first month of varsity baseball at Bard College in more than 76 years as the Raptors will be fielding a team, primarily made up of freshman, for the first time since 1937.
“We have had a great response from teams from college committing to play in the 2013 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational,” said Dave Barnard RussMatt Baseball President “It is truly a testament to Polk County’s great baseball facilities, attractions and amenities that draws teams from all across the United States wanting to play in this event year-after-year.”
The full 2013 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational schedule is available online.