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Washington, PA Will Be Home To Another Indy League

EMPIRE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES DATES AND LOCATION FOR 2020 CAMP & SEASON

WASHINGTON, PA – The Empire Baseball Organization has announced the official date and location for the 2020 Camp and season series. Both the Camp and Series will be held at  the Washington Wild Things  Stadium home of the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.

Due to the recurring Covid-19 restrictions and cases, The Empire League has chosen to opt out of hosting the event in its back up location of Ft Myers, Florida and will run operation in Washington Pennsylvania.

The Wild Things venue owners and management welcome the Empire program with open arms and want to help facilitate operations for the 2020 campaign.  The Stadium is currently hosting the Heritage League, which is one of the best Summer season programs in the country for players   looking to  improve their careers.   The Empire Series will not only welcome several  Empire League teams, but also welcome teams from the Heritage League to participate in the Empire Series.   The Blacksox Pro Baseball Club and its Director Joe Torre  played a key role in the great execution of the Heritage League along with the Washington Wild Things.  The Empire League is set to be an exciting one to help players get the needed playtime to be ready for Winter Leagues and showcase for Pro Contracts in 2021.

To participate in this incredible Professional Baseball Showcase that will be heavily scouted by Atlantic League, Frontier League and American Association Teams along with International Pro Winter Leagues visit Click Here.

The stadium is located at   1 Washington Federal Way, Washington, PA 15301.   Wild Things Park is a 3,200-seat multi-purpose baseball stadium in North Franklin Township, a suburb of Washington, Pennsylvania.

Wild Things Park is located near Interstate 70 and is notable for including a hot tub in the viewing stands. ProGrass Synthetic Turf was installed in the fall of 2010.

The stadium was known as Falconi Field until April 12, 2007, when Consol Energy and Washington County Family Entertainment entered a naming rights partnership to rename the complex CONSOL Energy Park.  Consol Energy has let the naming rights deal expire as of January 2017.

The venue will finish hosting the current league taking place which concludes at end of August and will look to do the same for Empire in September.

The Empire Summer camp will be held on August 28-31, 2020 with check in for players on August 28th. The Modified Season will begin immediately after camp on September 1st. Players that want to play in the empire league must attend camp in order to be eligible to be selected into the league. Due to covid-19 housing restrictions and guidelines, all players must provide their own housing for camp and for the season.   Click Here to register.

Article by Empire Media

Upsets? Underdogs? Not on THIS Island.

Tonight’s game between the Road Warrior Black Sox and the Washington WildThings was the reason Indy Ball Island was created.

The two teams played the first game in a best of 3 semi-final playoff series to determine which team will move on to the championship series next weekend. The league, created by the WildThings with help from Joe Torre and the Black Sox, was thrown together as a 4 team/1 stadium deal to bring baseball to Western Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two teams (the WildThings and the Slammin’ Sammies) are ran and operated by the WildThings. The other two teams (Road Warrior Black Sox and Baseball Brilliance Sox) were put together through Joe Torre, PJ Phillips and the Black Sox Road Warriors touring league.

The Black Sox players do not get paid. In fact, the players usually pay a fee to be in the Black Sox camps. They are also tasked with finding and paying for housing. The guys often struggle to find affordable living arrangements for the entire season, so they bounce around from place to place while trying to scrape up enough money to pay for food. Some even take on jobs as Uber or Door Dash drivers just to make ends meet in between practice and games.

They are often seen as the underdogs. The guys who didn’t have a chance to make it. The guys who weren’t good enough.

Winning a game against THE team that created the whole league would be an upset. They aren’t supposed to win. They aren’t the guys the (socially distanced) fans are there to see. No. They’re the nobodies.

But not to me… Not on this island.

We don’t believe in upsets and underdogs here. Why? Because I know their stories. Everyone has one. And to still be playing baseball for no pay in the middle of a pandemic, you have to have something else too…

Heart.

Passion.

A true love for the game.

Now don’t get me wrong, every baseball player in indy ball must possess these things. But these guys might just have a little more.

They have a chip on their shoulders. A desire to prove everyone wrong. I’ve been in the dugout with the Black Sox players over the years. I know the passion that they have for the game of baseball.

I’ve followed these players for years. I’ve seen all their highs and lows play out in leagues like the Pecos and Pacific through their social media and nightly box scores. These are “my boys.”

I’ve helped some of them link up with Joe and the Black Sox. I’ve fed some of them when they came to town as visitors in the Frontier League. I’ve watched them get called up and been there to let them vent when they got released.

They are the ones I root for. The players who I cheer for. The ones I want to see succeed.

They don’t want to be considered “the Cinderella story.” No, they just want to be seen as winners.

And tonight… the Black Sox were winners. The team defeated the WildThings 16-5. If they win tomorrow, they will “upset” the home team and move on to the championship series.

During the 9th inning, I turned to one of the Black Sox players who played in the earlier game as part of the Baseball Brilliance team and said… “This is why I created Indy Ball Island. For nights like this.”

I’m proud of you boys.

If you know… you know.

Change the culture.