Sports & Recreation

Batter Up: Future Baseball Stars at Orange County Great Park

image of a baseball player

image of a baseball player

In a region that is known for producing top-notch baseball talent, the seven baseball fields at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine are quickly becoming a breeding ground for tomorrow’s stars.

According to Dick Owens of the Ryan Lemmon Foundation, which has hosted an annual baseball tournament for nearly 20 years, the Orange County Great Park is attracting interest from tournament organizers from across the region, state, country and even other parts of the world as a desirable destination with state-of-the-art facilities.

The most recent of many notable baseball tournaments occurred on Feb. 1, 2020. The Southern California Invitational Showcase featured an all-star selection of top high school baseball prospects from California, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. Hosted by Elite 48 Baseball, the invited players displayed their skills to a group of professional baseball scouts and agents.

The Championship Baseball Stadium and baseball fields at the Orange County Great Park were completed in September 2018 as part of a nearly 200-acre, $250 million multi-sports complex and other amenities built by FivePoint's joint venture through a public-private partnership with the City of Irvine. The sports complex, which is owned by the city, features baseball and softball fields, soccer/lacrosse fields, volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts and other features.

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