Twenty American Legion baseball teams from four states are in and around Carol Stream this weekend for the fifth annual Summer Classic Tournament hosted by the American Legion Post 76 Thunder.
The tourney runs through Sunday featuring 17- to 19-year-olds culled from high school squads to make up Legion teams. Games are played at several area venues, including Wheaton Academy and Glenbard North, Wheaton North and St. Francis high schools.
The opening game, though, which pitted the Thunder against a team from Blue Springs, Mo., was played Friday morning at the newly refurbished Lee Pfund Field at 570 S. Gary Ave. Built on seven acres, the $3 million facility named after longtime Wheaton baseball coach Lee Pfund, opened in April and includes artificial turf and lights.
The Wheaton College baseball team leases the field from the American Legion post and has been using it for the past several months.
"We're so lucky to be partnering up with the college." said Jerry Miller, coach of the Post 76 Thunder team and director of the tournament. "They are so good to us. We're truly blessed."
On hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitches were Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino, Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk and Wheaton College Athletic Director Julie Davis.