On Tuesday, April 19, local colleges will battle it out at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies Bill Giles Invitational and Liberty Bell Classic championship titles. Both games are open to the public. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Home Plate Box Offices (off Pattison Avenue), with entry to the ballpark through the Home Plate VIP/Suite Entrance. Doors open at 2 p.m. Parking is free in Lot P, located off Darien Street.
“The Bill Giles and Liberty Bell Classic tournaments were created to give local college baseball players in Divisions I and II the chance to compete on a major league field,” said Jon Joaquin, director of baseball development for the Phillies youth. “We wish Wilmington University, West Chester University, Villanova University and the University of Delaware good luck in their fight for the championship titles.”
COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES: TUESDAY, APRIL 19 AT CITIZENS BANK PARK
3:00 p.m. Wilmington University Wildcats vs. Wester Chester University Golden Rams – 20th Bill Giles Annual Invitation
The road to the Bill Giles Invitational game championship began Thursday, March 24, with the Wilmington University Wildcats defeating the Jefferson University Rams, 13-5. The West Chester University Golden Rams beat Philadelphia University of Science on Tuesday, April 5, 8-1, to advance to the final.
7:00 p.m. University of Delaware Blue Hens vs. Villanova University Wildcats – 29th Liberty Bell Annual Classic
The semi-final was held on Tuesday, April 5, where the University of Delaware Blue Hens defeated the Rider University Broncs, 6-2, and the Villanova University Wildcats defeated the Lafayette College Leopards, 4 -0.
The Liberty Bell Classic was established in 1992 to allow local Division I colleges to compete in a tournament and have the opportunity to play on a major league field.