The city of Zanesville once again hosted the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament this year, and once again people behind the scenes made everything tick. This weekend, 16 baseball teams across the Midwest ascended upon Zanesville to get one step closer to the 15-year-old World Series.
Gant Stadium and Zanesville High School hosted the teams and their fans from the start of Thursday’s pool play to Sunday’s championship game. Grounds crews at both venues worked tirelessly between each game to sweep and water the fields, paint lines, and make sure everything is in order for the first pitch.
Head groundskeeper Jason Stotts says this is an especially busy weekend for the stadium.
"It keeps you on your toes," said Stotts. "It keeps you going. There’s plenty to do, as far as taking out the trash and doing the field in between [games]."
The Muskingum County Old Timer’s Association organized the event once again this year. Executive Director Bob Wolfe is pleased with how smoothly everything has gone.
"It’s been just amazing how many people have come up to me and other members of the committee and said how great the field is here, and how great Zanesville High School’s field is," said Wolfe. "We personally feel like there’s very few tournaments in Babe Ruth that has this type of fields."
Gant Stadium hosts the final three games of the Babe Ruth Tournament this Sunday afternoon. The semifinals games will be played at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with the championship game at 4 p.m.