Lake Charles, Louisiana – The Texas Collegiate League (TCL) is expanding its reach in Louisiana with the addition of the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators baseball team as the sixth team in the league for the upcoming 2024 season. This expansion is a significant milestone for the TCL, as it now boasts three teams in Louisiana, alongside the Baton Rouge Rougarou and Acadiana Cane Cutters.
Number of Games and Location
The Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators will have a total of 48 games, including 24 home games at McNeese State University’s Joe Miller Ballpark in Lake Charles. The season will kick off on May 30 and run through July 28, promising an exciting minor league baseball experience for both players and fans.
Key Attractions of the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators
One of the key attractions of the TCL is its reputation for being heavily scouted by major league baseball. This makes it a sought-after destination for underclass collegiate baseball players looking to elevate their skills during the summer months. The Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators roster will feature a diverse mix of 30 players from Division I, II, III, and Junior Colleges, showcasing elite talent from Southwest Louisiana and across the nation.
Ownership and Management of the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators
The ownership of the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators is shared by four groups: Mike and Sharamie Moore, Joey and Lydia Odom, Brent and Julie Reeves, Luke and Stacey David, and Daniel and Kayla Odom. These groups are collectively contributing to the success and growth of the team. Sam Moore, currently the director of sports relations at Visit Lake Charles, will serve as the general manager, overseeing all aspects of the team’s operations.
Tickets and Streaming Service
Fans will soon have the opportunity to secure their spot for a summer filled with thrilling baseball action, as season tickets and packages will become available. Additionally, gameday and sponsorship opportunities will be open for fans and businesses alike. For those unable to attend games in person, a streaming service will be in place, with season passes available.
Enhancing Tourism in Lake Charles
The addition of the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators to the TCL not only elevates the sports profile of Lake Charles but also enhances tourism in the area. The team adds another exciting event to the existing lineup of attractions in Lake Charles, making it an even more appealing destination. With a great roster and strong community support, the Gumbeaux Gators are set up for success, promising an exhilarating inaugural season of baseball. Fans from near and far are expected to flock to Lake Charles, providing a boost to the local economy.
Host Families Needed
In an effort to build strong community ties, the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators are actively seeking host families to provide a welcoming home environment for players during the summer. Host families will play a vital role in the players’ experience, offering accommodation, meals, and the chance to form lasting relationships. Interested individuals can contact Sam Moore for further information on becoming a host family.
About the Texas Collegiate League (TCL)
Since its establishment, the Texas Collegiate League has been a breeding ground for talent, with hundreds of players drafted by major league teams and several making it to the big leagues. The league’s commitment to providing a wholesome, minor league-type atmosphere using wooden bats aligns with its mission of offering quality, inexpensive entertainment in a distinctly Southern, intimate atmosphere while promoting the game of baseball in the communities involved. The addition of the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators further solidifies the TCL’s position as a premier summer collegiate baseball league.