May 16, 2012 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:35 am
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox announced that Security Service Field will host the 51st Annual Southern Colorado High School All-Star Games, the longest-running High School All-Star event in Colorado. The games will be held on Memorial Day, Monday May 28, starting at noon.
The Southern Colorado High School All-Star Games have been featuring the top players in the Junior and Senior class from the Colorado Springs region in a two-game event since 1962. The Junior All-Star Game includes the best players from the Colorado Springs and Pueblo areas with teams consisting of a mixture of 3A, 4A and 5A All-Stars. The Senior All-Star Game showcases the top talent from schools in the city of Colorado Springs, as well as standout seniors from the surrounding areas, with the best 4A players facing off against the best 5A players.
“As the home of professional baseball here in Colorado Springs, we are very excited and proud to partner with our local high schools to bring this event to Security Service Field to showcase and raise the awareness of the tremendous baseball talent we have here in Southern Colorado,” Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor said. “Our goal is to make this an annual event that will be a crowning moment for all the players involved, recognizing all their achievements in High School and rewarding them for the many years of sacrifice and hard work it has taken them to get to this point in their baseball life. We hope this will be a great event for the community to come out and show their support for these young men.”
Famous Southern Colorado All-Star Game participants from the 51-year history of the game include Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage from Wasson High School, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1986 Draft Jeff King from Rampart High School, as well as current major leaguers Brandon McCarthy from Cheyenne Mountain High School and Chase Headley from Fountain-Fort Carson High School.
“I think moving the Southern Colorado All-Star Games to Security Service Field is a huge step going forward for this event,” said Mark Swope, director of the Southern Colorado All-Star Games for the last 10 seasons and coach at Cheyenne Mountain High School. “I think it is great for our baseball community to celebrate these kids at a venue like Security Service Field, because many of these kids have been to countless Sky Sox games throughout the years. Giving these seniors an opportunity to close out their high school careers or recognizing these juniors as one of the better players in the region at a Triple-A ballpark is something that these players will carry with them for a long time after the game is done.”
The event will begin at noon with the seven-inning Junior All-Star Game. The nine-inning Senior All-Star Game will conclude the event starting at approximately 3:30 p.m. All seating for the games will be General Admission, and tickets can be purchased online at skysox.com or at the game at $7 for adults and $4 for any child 12 and under as well as students with a valid student ID. Concessions will be available during the event and parking will be free.