Clemens Field will not just be the exclusive home of the Hannibal Cavemen this spring. From May 6 through May 10, it will serve as the site of the American Midwest Conference’s championship tournament.


Clemens Field will not just be the exclusive home of the Hannibal Cavemen this spring. From May 6 through May 10, it will serve as the site of the American Midwest Conference’s championship tournament.
The announcement that the tournament would be played in Hannibal this spring was made Thursday morning by the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau (HCVB), which will be one of the tourney’s co-sponsors.
This five-day tournament will consist of eight or nine games played by a field of teams that will include Hannibal-LaGrange, McKendree, William Woods, Missouri Baptist, Harris-Stowe and Williams Baptist.
Beau Hicks, executive director of the HCVB, says the tourney will boost tourism.
“The players from these teams will be staying in local hotels and that helps tourism’s bottom line,” he said. “The families and fans will come in with the teams.”
According to Hicks, another tournament co-sponsor is being sought to partner with the HCVB.
“Our job is basically to help make sure the teams have the refreshments and some of the things they need while they’re here playing over several days and to offset a little bit of the cost to bring the tournament in,” he said.
Hicks believes that Clemens Field is a good venue for such events.
“When I went to New Orleans a few months ago to a conference a lot of people were asking about Clemens Field and the possibility of bringing some type of playoff action there,” he said. “The fact is it’s up to minor league standards in most all regards so there could be some things come there in the future. I think this will be a good test run.”