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Thoroughbred Baseball League Opening Day

Indy Ball Island made the drive to Nicholasville, Kentucky for the Thoroughbred Baseball League’s Opening Day on June 6th.

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The league, which is comprised of six teams all at the same stadium, is playing a hybrid schedule throughout the season.  Games will be played with staggered start times on two of the fields at the complex. Weekends will also feature double headers for each team  – so on those days, fans can see six different games while at the ballpark.

The league has to make the most of using one facility for more than 50 games per team over 60 or so days.

If that sounds a bit confusing, don’t worry… you’re right. It can be confusing for everyone involved at first. For opening night, two games were going on at the same time while the teams for the third game waited around until one of the other fields cleared out.  The third and final game didn’t start until 10:50 pm and finished at 2:05 am.

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Clearly, there needs to be some adjustments with the time and scheduling of games, but I am confident that it will all be resolved over time. Opening Night of a start up league isn’t going to go perfectly, but they can learn a lot from it.

Each field has its own set of seats behind home plate, but for fans who want to see both games, there are bleachers towards the outfields where you can see most of the action on both fields. I spent most of my time walking between both sets of bleachers as I wanted to see as much as I could.

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Another downside that kept popping up with the two field configuration is that foul balls from one field can reach the other playing field. There were many times when one game had to yell “heads up!” to the other game.

Hiccups are to be expected in any new venture. The second game’s scoreboard wasn’t on, and stats haven’t been uploaded to PointStreak just yet.

Attendance was under 100, and it seemed as if marketing and promotion in the area has been minimal. I am sure that will also improve over time.

Don’t let any of those issues scare you or make you stay away from this league. I truly believe that the issues here will be resolved with a little bit more time and running.

Dallas Murphy, owner and operator of the Thoroughbred League, has the foundations for something really great here in Kentucky.  And best of all…. he’s doing it for the right reasons.

In just one day talking to Dallas and seeing him in action, I can tell that he really cares about the players and believes in what they are doing here. He wants these players to have a safe place to play, get better and put up stats. The fields (which are a hybrid of turf and dirt) are nice and the complex as a whole is a very nice place to watch baseball. One thing he also made sure of before starting this is that all of the players have a place to stay, paid for by the league – something that is very uncommon in the lower levels of indy ball.

And yes, this league is definitely in the lower levels of independent baseball. Most players have experience in the Pecos League, Empire League, or the United Shore League. There are few former higher level independent and affiliated players, but also many who are just finishing their college career. The age range varies between lower 20’s up to 40.

But make no mistake about it, the playing level is competitive, and there are very talented players in this league.

The results for Opening Night were:

Pacers 10 Mustangs 6
Blazers 8 Broncos 6 – 12 innings
Paints 11 Stallions 7

I just want to thank Dallas Murphy, the Thoroughbred staff, managers, coaches and players for their hospitality on Opening Night. Thank you so much for inviting me and allowing me to be a part of such a special day for everyone involved.

I had an amazing time and cannot wait to come back to see how much it grows during the season.

To all of the players who came up to me and made me feel like a celebrity, thank you. I do this site for you!

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(Phil Fabry and Jacob Fabry (Pecos League TV Show)

 

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(Bryan Hoover)

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Thoroughbred League Opening Day Rosters

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Yesterday (June 2nd), the Thoroughbred League held their inaugural draft on the last day of tryouts.

Here are the six rosters for opening day:

PACERS

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Gus Constantino
Ryan Cooper
Luis Duran
​Mitch Elliot
​Andrew Ferguson
Ben Gadsden
Calvin Graves
Dylan Hutch
​Omar Llapur
Stephen Martin
Jamiel Orozco
Robert Parson
​Kyle Richards
Bobby Romano
Franklin Stevens
​Idryiss Thomas
​Gerardo Torres II
James Wong
Keith Zersky
Tony Holton​
​Franklin Romero Jr

MUSTANGS

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​​Chris Allen
Brian Bilello
​Tyler Caserta
Brandon Cooksey
​Dalton Cozart
Jacob Fabry
Philip Fabry
Kyle Forsythe
Mitchell Gonsales
​Brian Hoover
Collis Hunt
Nick Jewett
​Connor Kelly
Brandon Lee
Justin Lemanski
​Andrew Moralez
Jonathan Pineiro
Herman Shoening
​Michael Vavasis
Andrickson Zorilla

PAINTS

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​Chris Bachman
Andres Coll
James Dockery
Malcom Dowell
Joseph Johnson
Jay Karp
​Eric Kozac
Evin Lynch
Aaron Marshall
Bud Morton
Quenton Oexner
Mokoto Oshone
Anthony Ruggiero
Ryan Santhon
Brandon Smallling
​Ian Soignier
Andre Soloman
​Brandon Turner
Sean Washington
Alexander Wemple
Josh Wong

BLAZERS

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Giovanni Abreau
​Daniel Arroyo
​Hunter Barnett
Taylor Biagioni
Herny Blanco
Benny Collesano
Josue Herrera
​Tyler Hunt
​Yuya Kasahara
​Ray Lanners
​Lance Masfield
Jameson McGrane
Zach McRoberts
Aaron Moody
​Tom Nagy
Stone Osborne
Corey Slater
Dylan Sprague
Cam Stimpson
Leon Stimpson

STALLIONS

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Ayron Adams Poche
Henry Blanco
De Jota Cruz
Todd Ellis
Bryon Ferguson
​Jan Guerroro
Hirohiko Ishuzuki
​Blake Lishka
​Zachary Love
Ricky Marinez
Doimede Mateo
​Milton Miller
Dallas Murphy
Hector Ortiz
Matt Page
Maximo Rivera
Agustine Septimo
Zachary Staniewicz
Carlos Valdez
Nathan Winston
Yuki Maeda

BRONCOS

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Ryan Adams
​Shawn Bond
Collin Carroll
Shon Carson
Jeremy Delgado
Steven Deluca
Brian Dickt
Jonathan Dziomba
​Jeremy Hall
​Richard Hidalgo
Robbie Ingram
​Jamichael Jones
Blain Lang
Nick Marigny
Matthew Mokriakow
Sheehan Plantas-Arteaga
Devin Spurgon
Hunter Thomas
Jordan Thomas
Shamil Ubiera

I will be covering the Thoroughbred League’s Opening Night on June 6th. Stay tuned!