Presence of Marin Catholic prompts tournament to switch from metal bats to wood; Event features some of nation's top high school baseball teams.
MaxPreps' Kevin Askeland previews the 2010 Diamond Sport's National Classic. An excerpt from the linked article:
The ping of the ball off the bat will be notably absent at this year's Diamond Sports National Classic.
The annual tournament has chosen to use all wooden bats during the four-day event, which features some of the top teams in Southern California, as well as Arizona, Utah and Florida.
According to a report in theOrange County Register, the move to wooden bats was prompted by the presence of Marin Catholic, a Northern California team that has been witness to the devastation metal bats can cause. In a contest played on March 11, Wildcat pitcherGunnar Sandberg was hit in the head by a line drive off of a metal bat. Sandberg has been in a coma for much of the past three weeks but has shown improvement in recent weeks, according to theMarin Independent Journal.
Due to Sandberg's injury, The Marin County Athletic League has decided to ban metal bats for the rest of the season. Other leagues in the San Francisco Bay Area have followed suit with a similar ban and the National Classic joined the cause this year in a move that could become permanent for the tournament, according to theRegister.
The 16-team tournament will be played at three sites, including Esperanza and El Dorado High Schools and Cal State Fullerton. The action begins with a home run derby on Saturdaywith tournament commencing on Monday at 10 a.m. The championship game is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Fullerton campus.