By: Austin Alexander & Chris Nall – March 6-7, 2020
-Rain vacates, Power arms, prospects galore, IP wins again-
The 30th Annual International Paper Classic, or The IP as it is affectionately called, was held at Mike Johnson Park in Georgetown from Friday to Sunday with eight teams hailing from every corner of South Carolina. Participants in the tournament field were as follows: AC Flora, Boiling Springs, Chapin, Fort Dorchester, Fort Mill, Georgetown, Greenville and South Aiken. (Pictured Left, Chapin 2020 Cade Austin; Right, Ft Mill 2020 Mikey Tepper)
Our main man Derrick was scouring the neighborhood for foul balls at $1 a pop, Coach Mike Johnson was present working on the field, legit BBQ (provided by Rodney & Jason Ward, Russ Graham & Howard Bunn) had teams and scouts hanging out under the tents wanting more, chicken bog (or purrr-low if in G-town) was the Saturday treat, old-school music plus good 'ole beach tunes rang out over the speakers, legit chili dogs and nachos (say no more), 'Jesus Saves' stood strong by the batters eye and people flocked to this quaint old ballpark settled in a city block under grey skies and smokestacks once more...these are the times you know that life is good and it's time for baseball at The IP Classic and that baseball season has arrived!