Smokies announce plans for 2020 ET High School Baseball League

(Tennessee Smokies press release) The Tennessee Smokies announce the club will host the East Tennessee High School Baseball League beginning June 1, 2020. 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 (8) 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, Tennessee. 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,” said Boyd Sports President and COO Chris Allen. “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 www.smokiesbaseball.com/summerball or contact [email protected].

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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