When the North-South Baseball Series ended in 2010, John Cate was soon asked a question.
Would Richmond host the series again?
Four years later, the annual Indiana Baseball Coaches Association all-star event is headed back to McBride Stadium. The North-South series is July 11-13, with the Junior Showcase held July 11 on the campus of Earlham College.
“We must have made a really nice impression,” Cate said.
Richmond also was the site for the series in 1993. This year’s North-South Classic is hosted by Richmond High School, the Richmond RiverRats and Earlham College.
Cate has deep connections to all three. He is a former coach for both RHS and Earlham, and is a co-owner of the RiverRats, the collegiate woodbat team that plays its Prospect League games at McBride.
“We’re showcasing the city of Richmond,” Cate said. “The hotels, motels, restaurants, the two facilities. We’re showcasing Earlham’s campus, and of course, historic McBride Stadium. It’s pretty special.”
This year’s Junior Showcase begins with registration starting at 8 a.m., with evaluations from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The showcase is at Earlham’s Randal R. Sadler Stadium, which made its debut this past spring.
“Richmond is known to be a baseball town,” said Earlham coach Steve Sakosits. “There are a lot of good things baseball-wise happening in Richmond.”
The North-South banquet is July 11 at Tiernan Center. Ball State coach Rich Maloney is the guest speaker.
A doubleheader of all-star games will be played July 12 at McBride, with the third and final game at the stadium on July 13.
Games begin at 2:20 p.m. on July 12 and 12:20 on July 13.
“I think being in the community and having this again is great,” said Deanna Beaman, general manager of the RiverRats. “We’re just excited to have all these folks back in Richmond again this year.”
The South won two of the three games played at McBride in 2010. Lincoln’s Chris Rea, Northeastern’s David Roeder and Connersville’s Zack Hufferd all played in the event.
Former Cincinnati Red Scott Rolen was among the players at McBride in 1993. Richmond’s Phil White won the MVP that year.
“For a city our size to be asked to do it for the third time, it’s really, really quite an honor,” Cate said.