From STAFF REPORTS
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Smokies recently announced the club will host the East Tennessee High School Baseball League beginning June 1. The league is for current and rising high school junior and senior baseball players (classes 2020 – 2022).
The league will be broken down into an Eastern and Western division holding a maximum of 12 teams each. The regular season will run roughly eight weeks followed by a league World Series between the first-place teams in each division.
All regular season games will be held inside Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee, TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark in Elizabethton. A full league schedule will be determined once all teams have registered. The Smokies plan to host a Senior Game to celebrate the graduating Class of 2020 and an All-Star game.
The team registration fee is $1,000 per team. This fee covers team jerseys, hats, league awards, and other league expenses.
“At this time, we are excited to bring baseball back inside Smokies Stadium,” Boyd Sports President and COO Chris Allen said. “We are an entertainment venue and since we are unable to host professional baseball games, we want to make this league feel as if our community can still enjoy a fun-filled summer at the ballpark.”
All social distancing guidelines will be implemented as fans enjoy baseball supporting our local high school players. Spectators will be able to purchase concessions, have a chance to participate in on-field games, and still make memories inside the ballpark this summer.
For more information, rules, and to register for the East Tennessee High School Baseball League, visit smokiesbaseball.com/summerball or contact [email protected]
The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Members of the 10-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America’s national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com.