The annual Forest Acres Classic spring break baseball tournament begins a four-day run with four games Tuesday at A.C. Flora.
The eight-team field includes host A.C. Flora, Lexington, White Knoll,, Spring Valley, Blythewood, Riverside, Blue Ridge and Laurens. Pool play games runs Tuesday through Thursday with placement games on Friday. The tournament championship game is set for 8 p.m. on Friday.
The first-round highlight will be the 8 p.m. nightcap feature A.C. Flora and Blythewood. The same team met on the same field for the Class 3A Upper State championship. Blythewood won the first game that night to force a decisive second game, which was won by the Falcons.
The second-round spotlight is on White Knoll and Lexington at 8 p.m. The neighboring schools are involved in a tight pennant race in Region 5-4A, and will be meeting for the first time this season. It will serve as a tune-up for vital region confrontations on April 14 and April 25.
"The City of Forest Acres has stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam, so to speak, for high school baseball in this community and in the state of South Carolina,” said Flora coach Andy Hallett. “All the teams in this year's tournament were personally invited by A. C. Flora to participate. These teams will truly be our guests in Forest Acres for this exclusive tournament."
City of Forest Acres Mayor Frank Brunson said, "Each year this tournament exceeds our expectations for success, so we are, once again, excited to support this event and look forward to people from around the southeast enjoying the atmosphere of Forest Acres. Sporting events just naturally draw families together and what better way to support our families and showcase our community than through the Forest Acres Classic."
SportsRadio 1400 The Team will broadcast the full slate of games.
Forest Acres Classic schedule
Tuesday – Blue Ridge vs. Lexington, 11 a.m.; White Knoll vs. Laurens, 2 p.m.; Spring Valley vs. Riverside, 5 p.m.; A.C. Flora vs. Blythewood, 8 p.m.
Wednesday – Blue Ridge vs. Laurens, 11 a.m.; Riverside vs. Blythewood, 2 p.m.; Spring Valley vs. A.C. Flora, 5 p.m.; White Knoll vs. Lexington, 8 p.m.;
Thursday – Blythewood vs. Spring Valley, 11 a.m.; Blue Ridge vs. White Knoll, 2 p.m.; Laurens vs. Lexington, 5 p.m.; A.C. Flora vs. Riverside, 8 p.m.
Friday – Seventh place final, 11 a.m.; Fifth place final, 2 p.m.; Third place final, 5 p.m.; Championship, 8 p.m.