CLERMONT — The Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations is proud to sponsor the two Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) teams in Lake County for the 2008 season: Leesburg Lightning and Clermont Mavericks.
The FCSL begins play on Thursday, June 5, as the Mavericks kickoff its inaugural season with a home-field contest at 7 p.m. against its in-county rival at East Ridge High School, located at 13322 Excalibur Road. Admission is free to all FCSL games. The Leesburg Lightning play their home games at Pat Thomas Stadium, located at 240 Ball Park Road. During the Mavericks home opener, Radio Disney and the Fun Squad will be on hand to celebrate the occasion from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. with exciting family games, fun Disney prizes and Disney's favorite music.
Sanctioned and partially funded by Major League Baseball (MLB), the FCSL is a summer baseball league for college players. The league was founded in 2003 and has grown to six local teams, including the Sanford River Rats, Orlando Suns, Winter Park Diamond Dawgs and Belleview Bulldogs. Each team's 44-game schedule is played at night to allow players the opportunity to work during the day, study and condition.
"Do not be fooled by hearing about these 'young' baseball players as their talent is for real," said Greg Mihalic, Director of the Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations. "For many of the players in Leesburg and Clermont, this summer league could serve as a launching pad to a professional baseball career."
Since its inception, 64 of the FCSL players have been drafted into the major leagues. In the 2007 MLB draft, 18 players were drafted, four in the top five rounds. According to "Baseball America", after only four seasons of play, FCSL is one of the top summer leagues in the country.
For more information about the Florida Collegiate Summer League, log on to www.floridaleague.com.