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April 5, 2014

Throwback baseball league gearing up

With “Throwback Thursday,” or #TBT, picking up great momentum on social media these days, it’s only fitting that some local sports enthusiasts got into the action.

However, the guys from the recently formed West Central Indiana Men’s Baseball League went way, way back. The league will pay homage to teams from and near Hendricks County at the turn of the last century when towns featured their own squads and competed against one another.

So far, three teams — Pittsboro Sluggers, Coatesville Bluz and Mooresville Reds — have been revived for this 30-plus men’s baseball league that will begin in August.

“What we’re pushing for is to get the town competition where everybody would go watch the ballgame Sunday after church,” said Ed Walker, the WCI president.

Pittsboro Sluggers manager and league treasurer Matt Nelson added more depth to the town rivalry aspect.

“The original Coatesville Bluz and Pittsboro Sluggers were ball clubs that rode the rails, taking on men from neighboring towns,” Nelson explained. “By keeping the teams hometown-centric and playing games in town wherever possible … we hope to reignite both competition and camaraderie between communities.”

Walker, a youth girls’ softball coach in the Cascade Youth League, and other coaches were looking for an alternative to men’s softball leagues and after some research, came up with this option.

“We talked to guys about playing and they didn’t want to participate in softball, but when we mention baseball they’re all over jumping on top of it,” Walker said.

Playing on Sundays allows players to spend the time needed with their children’s leagues on Saturdays and throughout the week. Games will start at 1 p.m. and be played throughout the afternoon at one of four local baseball fields — Pioneer Park in Mooresville, Franklin Park in Plainfield, Tri-West High School in Lizton and Big Walnut Sports Park in Greencastle.

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