CINCINNATI -- The high school football season is completed. Winter sports have just begun.
But on Saturday, the focus was baseball and softball and thoughts of spring.
The sixth annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics announced its full schedule Saturday at Redsfest.
The event will feature 82 high school baseball and softball teams from Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Dayton playing a total of 42 games from April 1-22, 2017.
Many of the games will be played at the region’s top baseball and softball venues including the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy in Roselawn, Prasco Park in Mason, Midland Baseball Complex in Batavia and Meinken All-Star Field in Covington.
The showcase kicks off Saturday, April 1 with Opening Day at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy featuring six baseball games and two softball games.
For 2017, softball matchups have been expanded to five games, and for the second straight year, two baseball doubleheaders will be played at Wright State University. Five Northern Kentucky games will be played at the renovated Meinken Field in Covington, which was dedicated during MLB All-Star Week in 2015.
The final day of games will be Saturday, April 22 at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy featuring six baseball games and three softball games.
Tickets for the Reds Futures High School Showcase games are $5 and good for all games on that day. Each ticket includes a voucher good for a free View Level ticket to one of several 2017 Reds home games at Great American Ball Park and also includes a coupon for one free Skyline Chili Cheese Coney.
Advance tickets can be purchased at each of the participating schools. Tickets will also be available on game days at each of the ballparks.
All players and coaches from the 84 teams will be invited to GABP on Sunday, April 23 to participate in a “March at the Majors” parade around the field prior to the Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game at 1:10 p.m. MVP’s from each of the 42 games will be recognized on the field during pregame ceremonies.
Saturday, April 1 (Opening Day)
Aiken vs. Seven Hills, 11 a.m. – P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy (Field 3)
Riverview East vs. Withrow, Noon – P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy (Field 2)
Lebanon vs. Mason (softball), 1 p.m. – P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy (Field 4)
Hamilton Badin vs. Northwest, 2 p.m. – P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy (Stadium Field 1)
Bishop Brossart vs. McNicholas, 2 p.m. – P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy (Field 3)
Glen Este vs. Lebanon, 3 p.m. – P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy (Field 2)
Milford vs. Ursuline Academy (softball), 4 p.m. – P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy (Field 4)
CHCA vs. Summit Country Day, 5 p.m. – P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy (Field 1)
Wednesday, April 5
Anderson vs. Milford, 4:30 p.m. – Midland Field
Loveland vs. Turpin, 7 p.m. – Midland Field
Monday, April 10
Indian Hill vs. Reading, 4:30 p.m. – Location TBD
Madeira vs. Mariemont, 7 p.m. – Location TBD
Wednesday, April 12
La Salle vs. St. Xavier, 5 p.m. – Prasco Park
Elder vs. Moeller, 7:30 p.m. – Prasco Park
Thursday, April 13
Covington Catholic vs. Newport Central Catholic, 1 p.m. – Meinken All-Star Field, Covington
Highlands vs. Ryle, 4 p.m. – Meinken All-Star Field, Covington
Bellevue vs. Holmes, 7 p.m. – Meinken All-Star Field, Covington
Saturday, April 15
Beechwood vs. Scott, 11 a.m. – Beechwood High School
Monday, April 17
East Central vs. Lawrenceburg, 5 p.m. – Lawrenceburg High School
Edgewood vs. Franklin, 5 p.m. – Wright State University
Miamisburg vs. Springboro, 7:30 p.m. – Wright State University
Tuesday, April 18
Beavercreek vs. Huber Heights Wayne, 5 p.m. – Wright State University
Troy vs. Vandalia Butler, 7:30 p.m. – Wright State University
Wednesday, April 19
Fairfield vs. Princeton, 5 p.m. – Prasco Park (Legacy Field)
Middletown vs. Oak Hills, 7:30 p.m. – Prasco Park (Legacy Field)
Blanchester vs. Clermont Northeastern, 4:30 p.m. – Midland Field
Amelia vs. New Richmond, 7 p.m. – Midland Field
Thursday, April 20
Winton Woods vs. Wyoming, 4:30 p.m. – Wyoming High School
Dixie Heights vs. St. Henry, 5 p.m. – Meinken All-Star Field, Covington