MUSKEGON, Mich., June 5, 2017 – Muskegon’s summer collegiate baseball team, the Muskegon Clippers, returned for its fourth season at historic Marsh Field in Muskegon. Opening day was Tuesday evening, June 6, 2017 at 7:05pm.
During its first three years of play, the Clippers have gotten rave reviews from baseball experts and casual fans alike. Not only was there great baseball played, but the fans loved the historic ballpark and the fun and interactive atmosphere that was created during the games.
Game tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for Senior Citizens, $3 for students; $2 for children 5-12. Children 5 and under are free. There is also special pricing for season tickets, a 10 game flex package or group sales.
This season is full of new things at the ball park.
New League – Higher Quality of Play
The Clippers were admitted into the highly respected Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League which is supported by Major League Baseball. The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL) has 15 teams in three divisions. The Clippers will compete in the Northern Division.
Other teams in the Northern Division of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League will be the St. Clair, Ontario, Green Giants, the Irish Hills Leprechauns from Adrian, Michigan, the Lake Erie Monarchs out of Flat Rock, Michigan and the Grand River Loggers out of Grand Haven, Michigan.
The GLSCL is sanctioned and supported by Major League Baseball and markets their league as, “future Major League Baseball stars right in your backyard”.
By joining the new league, the Clippers will be adding more players to their roster from Division I colleges and universities. They will also be playing more games against better competition.
The Clippers have completed their roster and have signed players from Universities like Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, the Citadel and Western Kentucky University. Several stand outs from last year’s squad will also playing for the Clippers. They include, Austin Batka, University of Michigan, Andrew Null, Slippery Rock University, and Cameron Bair from Davenport University.
In addition, the roster will include several local stars including Jacob Bushberger, Davenport University and Montague High School; Tyler Trovinger, Oakland University and Mona Shores High School; Bryce Kelley, Michigan State University and Rockford High School and Nolan Bryant, Davenport University and Rockford High School
The Fan Experience
In addition to the play on the field, The Clippers have built a reputation of creating a great family friendly experience that incorporates the fans in the action.
Part of the excitement includes walk up music for each Clipper batter. Crowd participation with the action on the field and between innings, is part of the uniqueness of Clipper baseball. And finally, kids are allowed to run the bases after the games.
Well known for their ball park dog, brat and popcorn, the Clippers will be adding delicious hamburgers right off the grill, nachos, pizza and Dippin’ Dots ice cream to their concessions line up.
In addition, to a variety of soft drinks and ice cold Budweiser products, the Clippers will be adding craft beer nights and tap takeovers to their schedule.
And of course the Clippers will have team gear and merchandise available for purchase.
Special Recognition Nights and Events
Throughout the season the Clippers will be offering up special recognition nights for groups like veterans groups, little league teams, sports clubs and charitable groups. There are even plans for “Bark in the Park”, where fans can bring their dogs to the park.
The Clippers also can arrange for group ticket sales, company picnics, family reunions and other special events on their party deck.
For more information contact Pete Gawkowski at 231-638-7696 or visit our website at www.muskegonclippers.com or join our Facebook page by searching Muskegon Clippers.