York’s willingness to host Wheels Invitational Tournament games on this side of the county opens the door for game number three of the York-Clover baseball rivalry.
The Wheels tourney games, part of a Rock Hill-based event held annually during spring break, will be played April 5 to 7 at the York Comprehensive High School baseball complex.
The Blue Eagles and Cougars are slated to play at 7 p.m. Friday in what amounts to the rubber game of a three-game series.
The age-old rivals split non-region games in the regular season, York winning at Clover and Clover winning at York.
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“The York-Clover game creates excitement,” noted Clover head coach Darrell VanDyke. “It’s a friendly rivalry as far as the coaches are concerned.”
The Blue Eagles’ first game in the prestigious event will be 1 p.m. Thursday at 1 p.m. against Covenant Day School of Matthews, N. C.
Clover faces Chapman 1 p.m. Friday at 1 p.m. as a prelude to the game with York that evening.
“We look forward to playing in the tournament,” VanDyke said. “The 10-minute drive to York is convenient. We hope our bats come alive before we return to region play.”
York will play Chapman 7 p.m. Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Cougars will battle Covenant Day School 4 p.m. Friday at 4 p.m. before the game with Clover.
Cougar head coach Scot Kiggans is pleased that York is a host site for the second year in a row and looks forward to playing rival Clover again.
“We encourage fans to come out and support teams from up and down the East coast,” Kiggans said.
In addition to the Thursday and Friday games, York will host Saturday morning consolation games.