Play ball: Adult baseball team trying to take field

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009

During the course of giving back to baseball, central peninsula residents Chris DesOrmeaux and Chance Tallman decided they weren't done playing baseball.

"We coached Little League last year and the year before," DesOrmeaux said.

"We both grew up here playing Little League.

"Giving back by helping out coaching brought up old memories, and we decided to start getting into it."

The two decided to check out city league softball, but decided that was not for them. They then decided to start an adult baseball team on the peninsula, and the Redline Baseball Club was born.

DesOrmeaux said the team will play under the umbrella of the Anchorage Adult Baseball League, which gives the squad a number of opponents and makes obtaining insurance easier.

The official schedule is not out yet, but DesOrmeaux said Redline plans on playing about 30 games this summer against teams from Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

DesOrmeaux said Redline will host games in Kenai or Soldotna two weekends a month, and travel north one weekend per month.

The team will practice two days per week until the season starts with a preseason tournament in Anchorage in the middle of May. During the season, the team will practice one day per week.

DesOrmeaux said players 18 and up are eligible to play.

Thanks to sponsors, particularly Redline Sports in Kenai, the entry fee for the team will be just $170.

Redline has at least 10 players committed to the season. The team would like to get 18 players.

"We'd like to have enough to travel and practice with," DesOrmeaux said.

"We realize a lot of players have full-time jobs."

DesOrmeaux said he thinks more players will commit once word of the team spreads around the community. He said the average age of Redline players right now is 24, while the Anchorage league has an average age of 35.

"There's a lot of people that used to play American Legion in the late '80s and '90s," DesOrmeaux said. "We'd like to widen our arc a little."

The rules are pretty much the same as in Major League Baseball.

DesOrmeaux said a group of peninsula players scrimmaged the Fairview Pirates, one of Anchorage's top teams, late last summer.

The squads split a four-game series and Pirates players said Redline would be competitive in the Anchorage league.

"It's not a beer league," DesOrmeaux said. "We're in it to win. We want a commitment to playing that is 100 percent."

DesOrmeaux said those interested in playing should call him at 252-4727. He said he would like to have the team together as soon as possible, definitely by May 1.

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