POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 6:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 6:44pm
Kilgore (Longview News-Journal) — The East Texas Pump Jacks, coming off the franchise’s first championship, will return to historic Driller Park for another season of Texas Collegiate League Baseball.
The team made the announcement Thursday on its website.
“As much fun as the 2012 season was, we’re looking forward to this summer being even better,” said Pump Jacks general manager Mike Lieberman. “Five years of excitement, national rankings, drafted players, culminating in a championship we were able to share with our fans at historic Driller Park… that’s all the foundation for a new and exciting season this summer.”
East Texas finished the 2012 season ranked 11th in Perfect Game’s national poll of more than 250 summer collegiate teams.
The 60-game 2012 schedule will kick off on Thursday, May 30, the earliest in the calendar year the TCL has ever began play. The Pump Jacks open the season on the road with a pair of games against the formally rechristened Texas Marshalls, followed by a two-game set in The Woodlands against the Strykers.
The Pump Jacks return to Driller Park to begin their home schedule on Tuesday, June 4, against the Acadiana Cane Cutters. The two-game series against Acadiana will be followed by a championship rematch versus Victoria on June 6 and 7.
The season will once again be evenly split between 30 home games at Driller Park and 30 games on the road. The campaign is split into two halves, with the first half coming to a close on July 3. Team records will then reset to 0-0 on July 4 to open the second half of the season.
Read more about the Pump Jacks return here.