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Local organizing adult baseball league

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

SIKESTON -- He's trying to bring a little of San Diego to Sikeston.

He needs your help.

After four years of playing in the San Diego Adult Baseball League, New Madrid County Central graduate Travis Russom is trying to organize a Southeast Missouri Adult Baseball League.

"I played in San Diego for four years and loved it," Russom said. "I've been looking for something like this here and no luck. That is why I'm wanting to start a league here in Southeast Missouri."

Although nothing is official as of yet, Russom is hoping to, simply, generate interest in the proposed 10-game league. Depending on the commitments he receives will determine how big the league could get. Currently, Russom has drawn consideration from 50-60 potential players.

"Right now, I'm just trying to get something started -- see if I can create some interest," said Russom.

His idea of a SEMO Adult Baseball League will mimic the San Diego league Russom played in.

Those interested should be 18 years of age on up. If high school or college students are interested, permission from your coaches would be appreciated.

The idea now is to have a 10-team league with 15 people to a team. If someone would like to manage and play then your team will be reduced to 14 players.

Once and if enough potential players are signed up to play, a 2-day tryout would take place which would be followed by a draft.

League fees and team licenses would vary depending on participation. A rough estimate, which includes liability insurance as well as the above mentioned, would be around $600 per team -- which equals out to an estimated $40 per player.

"I know a lot of guys that I know that have told me that they are really interested in playing," Russom said. "It's a lot of fun to get out there with the guys and just play baseball."

Although the need for players is the top priority at the moment, Russom is also looking for coaches, umpires (who would be paid) and a league commissioner to help run operations.

For anyone interested in the league, email Russom at semoabl@yahoo.com or call (573) 620-5618.