- By Jim Strait
Some of the players just want to continue the fun they have playing baseball or hone their skills but, many of them are looking at playing ball at the collegiate level and hope to be scouted at these events.
Even though they compete at the 19U level, the Lakers is a team made up of mostly seventeen year old young men. They pay a small fee to play and rely on the donations of local groups such as the Tompkins County Policemen's Benevolent Association, The Ithaca Police Benevolent Association and the Lansing and Trumansburg School districts. The Lakers also run a few fundraisers like the Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser that is scheduled for this Sunday, June 28th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. These events help offset the cost of the umpires, uniforms, baseballs and entrance fees.
The Lakers have had a decent start to their season. They have played seven games and have a record of 4 wins and 3 losses. The coaches and team believe in balancing the development of every player and being competitive. If those two goals are accomplished they say everyone will have fun and the team will win.
Their next game is on Monday, June 29th where the Lakers will look for revenge against the host team of Newfield. First pitch is at 6:00 pm.