The Lexington Hustlers are back for another exciting summer of baseball, embarking on their second season in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL) next week.
The GLSCL prides itself on its ability to provide collegiate student-athletes with the opportunity to compete against the nation’s elite baseball players. As a non-profit organization, it was the first league to be sanctioned by the NCAA and receive funding from Major League Baseball. Now in its 24th year of existence, the GLSCL has churned out more than 70 players that have reached the major leagues.
The GLSCL will feature two five-team divisions in 2011 (North- Grand Lake Mariners, Lake Erie Monarchs, Licking County Settlers, Lima Locos, Stark County Terriers; and South- Cincinnati Steam, Hamilton Joes, Lexington Hustlers, Southern Ohio Copperheads, Xenia Scouts), with its annual All-Star game scheduled for July 13 at Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Hustlers will play a 46-game schedule, starting on June 7. Season tickets are on sale now through the team’s website at www.lexingtonhustlers.com. The 2010 team featured 24 players from the state of Kentucky. It will be more of the same this summer, as the Hustlers currently have 22 players from the state signed to their opening day roster.
Their primary home field will be Lexington Catholic High School, which has recently replaced its synthetic turf playing field. In addition, new lights, dugouts, bathrooms, and locker rooms were also added to the complex. LCHS also redid its backstop and batter’s eye, built a ‘green monster’ in left field and an indoor hitting/bullpen facility down the right field line.
“We are very excited about our second year of operations with the Hustlers,” said general manager Adam Revelette. “We have a fantastic group of players and are looking forward to providing them with a great experience this summer. Our goal this year is to improve everything, great or small, and I’m certain we’re on our way in doing that. Our current focus is establishing host families for our out-of-town players. Since our roster will be changing all summer long, it’s important that we have the luxury to add players from outside the central Kentucky area if necessary.”
There are numerous ways to support the Hustlers in 2011, including (but not limited to) sponsorships, contributions, donations, merchandise, board membership, and ticket sales. For more information, visit their team website at www.lexingtonhustlers.com. For more information on becoming a host family, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.