March 15, 2017
Writer: David Payne
Calling all baseball players.
A new baseball league has surfaced in Idaho -- the South East Idaho Amateur Baseball League. Ben Orchard, a BYU-Idaho student and baseball fanatic, decided to take matters into his own hands by organizing his own league when BYU-Idaho got rid of their intramural baseball program. This is the first year of operation for SEIABL, and Orchard hopes to get as many players as possible.
Orchard says the league will give men all around south east Idaho a chance to play baseball at a high level. He says the goal is to have ten different teams that will play a 13 game season with a playoff series and a championship game.
"From what I've heard, and what we've talked about, Matt Lindstrom, who pitched for the White Sox has shown some interest in playing in our league," Orchard said. "I hear he's warming up to play, so, we are really excited about that and hopefully it won't scare off too many of our guys."
Orchard hopes to have over 100 players register to play this spring and has seen interest from people from Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Teton, Rigby and Pocatello. He encourages any and all baseball lovers to play.
"I know that there are really, really good athletes on this campus at BYU-Idaho, and we definitely welcome you to play, we want you to play, and you need to play," Orchard said.
All players interested will need to pay a fee of $185 before April. The fee will increase to $195 in April and $205 in May. The fee will cover cost of field usage, umpires, liability insurance, game balls and operations of the league.
SEIABL will be holding open tryouts on April 22 at a field in Idaho Falls. More information about the tryout process can be found on their website or on their Facebook page.