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Daily Courier sports writers, Steve Stockmar and Doug Cook, share their thoughts on local, regional and national sports.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Update: Semi-pro baseball team still plans on starting its season later this month

 PETER MARX

The Montezuma Federals, a start-up team in the Freedom Pro Baseball League, is set to start its season as early as May 19. The semi-pro baseball team will play its games at Roughrider Park on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott.

The Freedom Pro Baseball League is scheduled to start its inaugural season May 19, according to its website www.freedomprobaseballleague.com.

Yavapai College assistant athletic director Brad Clifford also confirmed Wednesday morning that the school's agreement with the league to use Roughrider Park, the home of the YC baseball team, has not changed and is still a go. Prescott's team, the Montezuma Federals, is scheduled to play its first home game June 2.

There will be four teams total competing in the 2012 season, with two more being added in 2013.

The teams competing in the league this year are: Copper State Prospectors (East Valley), Arizona Centennials (Central Valley), Sonoran Explorers (West Valley) and the Montezuma Federals (Prescott).

Player tryouts were scheduled to be held and completed in April. Manager positions for the teams were also expected to be filled, according to a league news release.

The league is scheduled to run through Sept. 21.

That's all I know as of now. The league has not returned numerous phone calls and emails over the course of the past six weeks.

For all you baseball fans out there that are excited about having a semi-pro team in Prescott, I wouldn't get your hopes up just yet.

It looks as though the league is unorganized and rushing to start its season. That's never a good sign for a start-up league and I see many similarities with the now defunct Arizona Adrenaline and Arizona Outlaws, which were both indoor football league teams based in Prescott Valley.

The league hasn't released a schedule with game times and hasn't said where the games will be played. There are also no rosters available online and the league has not announced who will manage the teams.

I would be very surprised if the league actually starts its season on time, and would be even more surprised if anyone showed up since no one knows when the games will be or how to get tickets.

My advice to all you local baseball fans is to check out the Yavapai College baseball team this Thursday through Saturday when they host Central Arizona with a trip to districts on the line.

In the last eight years, Yavapai College has had 54 players move on to play at Division I schools and 152 players in program history get drafted. There are also four former Roughriders currently playing for major league teams. Now that's some real baseball you can get excited about!

Are you interested in attending the Montezuma Federals games? Will their season start on time?


Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Watches Baseball

Wow! Five bucks to watch a couple of hours of local baseball. If you have nothing better to do -- what a great deal...!!!

Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012
Article comment by: Jack May

I don't understand. The gate receipts from such a small facility as Roughrider Park will not support much of a team. Most of the players will probably be drawn from local ex high school players who didn't get signed to division I or II college ball.

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012
Article comment by: Lover of Baseball

If the owners of the semi-pro baseball club want to know how to make it work they should contact the Humboldt Crabs Baseball Club in Arcata, CA. That league has been around for about 60 years and is still going strong. They play at a high school field (a really nice one) and draw from a population base that is smaller than here. It can be done, it just has to be done right. www.humboldtcrabs.com

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Article comment by: Burn baby Burn

What a joke. Dont even waste press on this. I agree, lets get out and support our highschool and college teams!



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