Local baseball fans will have the opportunity to get a good look at the new Muskegon Clippers starting Tuesday night, as the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League team opens the season with a six-game homestand.
The Clippers host the Detroit Jet Box at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday (June 7) at 106-year-old Marsh Field in Muskegon. They’ll play a three-game series against the Jet Box, followed by a three-game set at home against the Royal Oak Leprechauns.
The Clippers will play a 42-game schedule during the months of June and July, including 19 home games.
The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League is a wood-bat developmental league for college athletes hailing from across the country.
Many new faces are featured on the Clippers roster this season, including the skipper. Logan Fleener takes over as head coach, while Dion Felger is the new pitching coach. Shelby’s Brian Wright returns as an assistant coach. Walt Gawkowski, who has been the Clippers’ head coach, is general manager and brother Pete Gawkowski is team owner.
The Clippers have a couple of Muskegon-area players on the team this season in pitchers Conner Vallie (Mona Shores, Davenport University) and Charlie Branch (North Muskegon, Lincoln Trail College). Branch is on the disabled list, per the Clippers website.
The 30-man roster features players from the likes of Michigan State, Western Michigan, Indiana State and San Jose State, among others. Several players come from the West Michigan area, from schools such as Zeeland East, Grandville, Forest Hills Northern, Forest Hills Eastern, Rockford and Hudsonville.
The promotion on opening night Tuesday is “Free Magnet Schedule Giveaway.” Each family will receive a free 2022 Clippers game schedule, while supplies last.
A Clippers game at Marsh Field is an immersive experience: Walk-up music for the players, sing-alongs for fans, the “Beer Batter” promotion, contests and games for fans between innings, dance-alongs with fans, guests performing the National Anthem, kids announcing on the field the introduction of players and fans running the bases after games.
Tickets for Clippers games cost $5 for adults, and $3 for senior citizens and students. Children ages 5-12 are admitted for $2, while those under 5 get in for free.
The Clippers offer a variety of refreshments at the concession stand as well as adult beverages. Team gear and other merchandise also are available for purchase.
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