Adult baseball league looking to expand to Tahoe’s South Shore
This past season, the Tahoe Twins of the North Shore went 7-1 in the National Adult Baseball Association World Championships Series in Phoenix to win their division. They proved to be one of the best adult baseball teams participating, and now South Shore locals will have a chance to compete with them.
The Twins adult baseball team is made up all ages of competitive ball players playing in the Reno/Tahoe adult baseball league. Now the operators of the league want to bring a team – or two – to the South Shore.
“We’ve had several inquires from down there. We want more teams in the league. Ideally we want to get 12 teams,” said one half of the league operation team Bob Habeger. “We just want to get more teams, more competition, different competition.”
The 18 and over league currently sits at 8 teams, with two on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and six in Reno. They play mostly on Sundays, though sometimes on Wednesdays, in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Habeger said if a South Shore team were to organize, they would have a good amount of home games over the 19-game regular season.
“If we had teams in South Tahoe we’d have games down there,” he said.
Habeger said that several South Lake locals have contacted him about playing in the hardball league, and that prompted him to organize a team. He is also looking to establish one in Carson City.
The games follow traditional baseball rules: Nine innings, wooden bats, two umpires and even an all-star game mid-summer.
“It’s full on major league rules; American League. We have a DH, but you can bat the pitcher,” Habeger said.
The teams are generally a good mix of athlete. There are junior college players, along with those recreation type. Habeger said there are a number of players with full-time jobs and families. “That’s over half the players, that are like that.
“I would say there is every level of ball player in our league,” he added. “They got as good as it gets, and guys that still want to keep playing.”
The first step to establishing a South Shore team would be finding a manager to run the team. According to Habeger, “The manager is responsible for everything. The field, the uniforms, the players.”
Until a manager is found, it’s hard to establish a cost. Reno teams pay more to play because they have to rent fields in Reno to play on. On the North Shore, it’s dramatically cheaper because they don’t have to rent a field. Player dues would depend on the South Shores field situation.
The first game of the season is slated for May 6, with a league meeting on Jan. 29 in Reno.
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