PBA Baseball Takes on South Africa National Team in Vero Beach
September 16, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
VERO BEACH, Fla.- A NCAA Division II baseball schedule, especially within the confines of the state of Florida can be pretty daunting not to mention competitive. That competition however is a bit different than taking on a countries' national baseball team as the Sailfish did last Friday night by battling the South Africa National Team as they prepare for their upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC) qualifying event in Jupiter, Florida.
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The Sailfish would give the South Africans a tough test on Friday with both teams able to see a variety of different pitchers and hitters get into action while keeping a loose but yet still competitive feel for the game.
Not only did the PBA team get to enjoy a unique opponent but they also got to take to a field that has seen many professional players play on since the 1940's. Known during its active years as "Dodgertown" thanks to its long-time partnership with the Brooklyn and then Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, the now named Vero Beach Sports Village plays host to many outside events and games throughout the year.
A historical baseball venue that was the Spring Training home of the Dodgers until 2008, the venue gave the Sailfish and South Africans a glimpse into the past as well as the future as both teams prepare for their season or tournaments ahead.
South Africa will take part in a qualifying event beginning on Wednesday when they participate in pool play at Roger Dean Stadium with the likes of France, Spain and Israel WBC teams.