College Baseball Returns To Atrium Health Ballpark

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — After successfully holding games throughout March, officials with Atrium Health Ballpark welcome fans back to watch two area college teams play this April.

Officials say the first game is on Tuesday, April 13th between Queens University of Charlotte and Francis Marion University at 6 p.m., and the second game is on Monday, April 19th between Catawba College and Belmont Abbey at 6 p.m.

Both games are ticketed events and tickets for $10 a person will go on sale here Thursday, April 8th, with limited capacity following current North Carolina executive orders, according to a news release.

Officials say these spring match-up games will lead up to the Cannon Ballers inaugural season opener in May.

“We are thrilled to welcome both Catawba College and Queens University to Atrium Health Ballpark later this month,” said Cannon Ballers General Manager Matt Millward. “We are lucky to have such a beautiful facility and using it to showcase our local colleges and universities is a perfect way to bring our community together.”

Officials say Rowan County residents may notice a familiar face at the first game between Queens and Francis Marion University, as Ross Steedley heads back home in his first season as head coach with Queens.

Steedley is known for being named Rowan County Player of the Year in 2007, playing college baseball with the Charlotte 49ers, and earning a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 First Team in 2011, officials say.

“I am very excited for our guys to play a game in the inaugural season at Atrium Health Ballpark. This is a great opportunity for Queens baseball and Queens University of Charlotte,” said Steedley. “Our administration, along with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, have done a lot of work behind the scenes and we can’t thank them enough for making this happen.”

Only a week later, officials say the Catawba Indians will take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders, with head coach for Catawba Jim Gantt leading the team with a record of 20-straight 30+ win seasons, including nine 40-win seasons since 2004.

“We can’t wait to play at the Cannon Ballers stadium in Kannapolis,” said Gantt. “It is really exciting to be able to play in such a first-class facility, especially since it’s so close to home and our fans can enjoy it as well.”

Officials say at both games fans are expected to wear face masks and take social distancing measures.