Tuesday, March 12, 2019
It was under a cold blue sky that Wofford College and USC Upstate took to the diamond on March 5 for the first of two games in their crosstown college-baseball rivalry. A chill hung over the crowd at Russell C. King Field. Rows of college students, laptops open, enjoyed a few innings outside while working on classwork, and children and families bundled up, enjoying early-season baseball with popcorn and Coca-Cola.
Pings echoed across the field to the trees lining the outfield wall at Russell C. King Field every time contact was made (college baseball uses an aluminum bat).
Baseball is a sport many associate with warm weather and shorts, but college baseball season starts in February, prime winter season in Spartanburg County. As the season unfolds, temperatures gradually warm up making baseball games more and more appealing.
Wofford, USC Upstate and Spartanburg Methodist College all have baseball seasons that run through May, when Spartanburg should be plenty warm enough to enjoy a few hours outside. Wofford, USC Upstate, SMC and Converse College all have spring sports ongoing into summer.
The March 5 game was a 3-1 win for the Terriers, a continuation of Wofford’s good sports fortune in 2019. Wofford’s men’s basketball team finished the regular season 26-4 overall and finished 18-0 in Southern Conference play. The Wofford women’s basketball team finished the regular season with a winning record as both squads prepared for Southern Conference tournament play.
Outdoor chairs bearing the logo of the Spartanburg Phillies can be found along Main Street just outside FR8yard, adding to the biergarten’s air of a great place to be outside and watch the game.
But, luckily, you don’t have to be a college athlete, or a college student for that matter, to get out and play sports in Spartanburg County.
Tyger River Park, at 179 Dillard Road in Duncan, is home to 13 baseball/ softball fields, a 1.25-mile walking/running trail, batting cages and more. Tyger River Park is also host to baseball and softball tournaments, recreation leagues and local youth leagues.
North Spartanburg Park, at 1160 Old Furnace Road in Boiling Springs, is home to five baseball/softball fields, a BMX track and walking track. The park is also home to the Carolina Miracle League, which provides sports and recreation opportunities to children with mental and/or physical challenges.
295 Park, at 2100 Southport Road in Spartanburg, is home to four baseball/softball fields and multiple outdoor recreation opportunities perfect for families with young children.
Duncan Park, sits in the middle of one of Spartanburg’s oldest neighborhoods. The park is most notably home to a former minor league baseball stadium that’s now home to the Spartanburg High School baseball team. Duncan Park is also home to two lighted baseball/softball fields, several tennis courts, a walking trail, amphitheater and picnic areas.
If you want to get out and play, head to SpartanburgSports.com/facilities to learn more about where you can embrace your inner athlete.