May 24, 2014 1:00 PM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - For the third consecutive year, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are proud to announce that Security Service Field will once again host the annual Southern Colorado High School All-Star Games, the longest running High School All-Star event in Colorado. The 53rd Annual Southern Colorado High School All-Star games will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, beginning at 1 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Since the inception of the game in 1962, 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. The Junior All-Star Game includes the top players of the class of 2015 from around Southern Colorado 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 Colorado Springs area facing off against each other in this All-Star Spectacle.
"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 back 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. "This event, now in its third year at Security Service Field was created to be a crowning moment in the careers of all the players involved. We want to recognizing their achievements in High School and reward them for the many years of sacrifice and hard work it has taken them as well as their families 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."
Throughout the 52-year history of the Southern Colorado All-Star Game, famous participants include Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage from Wasson High School, the number one 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.
"This game has been played for 53 years and since moving the game to Security Service Field, it has taken the event to the next level," said Bernie Mancallo, Director of the Southern Colorado All-Star Games for the last ten seasons and Head Coach at Air Academy High School. "It is also a great opportunity for the kids to be recognized as some of the best players in the region while playing at a top-notch professional ball park."
The Junior All-Star Game will begin at 1 p.m. with the Senior All-Star Game scheduled to commence at 4 p.m, or roughly 30 minutes after the Junior game. Each game is slated for seven innings and will both be broadcast on AM 1300 The Animal in a tape delayed format with Sky Sox broadcaster Matt Pauley doing the play-by-play. The Junior game will air approximately one hour after the senior game has concluded.
Ticket prices for the two All-Star games are $8 for adults and $5 for any child under 12 years old and any student with a valid student ID. Fans who want to purchase tickets in advance can buy them online at www.skysox.com/HSALLSTAR. Concessions will be available for all games in the day. Parking will be free all day.