Lexington will soon have a new baseball team — in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL).
The team will begin play June 12 at Carleton, Mich., and open at home June 16.
Ken Jackson, a former University of Kentucky player who started the Champions indoor baseball facility and the Kentucky Baseball Club, said the team will be a non-profit organization. Players will pay to participate. Although that amount has not been set, Jackson said typical fees around the league range from $350 to $750.
"We hope to bring a good brand of wood-bat collegiate baseball," he said.
The GLSCL, with nine of its 11 teams based in Ohio, is affiliated with Major League Baseball and the NCAA. Only college-eligible players who have taken classes are eligible. (Incoming freshmen and players whose collegiate eligibility ends this spring are excluded.)
Former Lexington Catholic and UK pitcher Adam Revelette is general manager of the unnamed team. Revelette, who also played in the Minnesota Twins organization, was somewhat handicapped in the ongoing process of assembling a team because players normally commit to GLSCL teams in September. Action to secure a franchise didn't get started until December.
"Adam's done a great job of pulling together what we think will be a really competitive team," Jackson said. "Next year, when we have a chance to plan, we can be beyond competitive. There's a lot of good players around here."
Revelette said the team will play at Henry Clay High School and that most players will commute from home. He has 21 players and expects to add five or six more.
Although ticket prices have not been finalized, $75 for 20 home games is Revelette's estimate, or $5 per game. College and Henry Clay students would be admitted free.
Bobby Wright, an assistant coach at Otterbein College, will be the team's head coach.