New colligate baseball league hoping for a homerun in Steamboat Springs |

New colligate baseball league hoping for a homerun in Steamboat Springs

Most of the baseball fields in Steamboat Springs are still soaked with runoff from the winter snow, but that hasn’t stopped former Steamboat Springs High School baseball coach Dave Roy from imagining what will unfold on one of those fields this summer.

Roy has announced that Steamboat would have a team in the newly established Mountain West Summer Collegiate Wood Bat Baseball League.

The Steamboat Storm will be one of six teams in the league. Other teams will include Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Summit County and Vail. The teams will be made up of players who are either currently playing at the college level or will be reporting to a college level team next fall.

The season will run seven weeks this summer and is designed as a development league for young players. Teams will play three doubleheaders each week (32 to 36 games including a post-season tournament) with half the team’s games taking place on the road and the other half at home. The Steamboat Storm will play their home games at Emerald Park. Games will be played Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“We are hoping to get a couple of players from Steamboat Springs on this new team, and we are hoping to find support from the community,” Roy said. “It is very exciting to bring this level of baseball to our community.”

Roy said many of the players on these teams will come from other communities or out of state and will need a place to stay this summer during the seven-week season. The team will be coached by Bemidji State Assistant Matt Ellinghuysen, who will select the players for the team later this spring.

“We are hoping to place players with families who have young children currently playing baseball in local leagues,” said Joseph LeFebre, commissioner of the new league. “We are hoping that the college players will be a great role model and a mentor to some of the younger players in the community.”

LeFebre said he is hoping the college players will become a part of the community and that the team will reach out by offering clinics to young players or inviting them to games and practices. The idea is that the team could help fuel the younger players’ desire to take the game to the next level and earn the support of the Steamboat Springs community.

“That is going to be one of our biggest challenges,” Roy said of finding local housing for the players. “These are talented players who are looking forward to becoming a part of this community.”

Families interested in hosting a player for part of the summer can call Leigh Reece at 970-367-6777 for more information.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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