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Give the OVBL a Chance

July 6, 2010 - Seth Staskey

There's something about the Ohio Valley Baseball League, which brings out the best in everyone. I was one of nearly 400 onlookers Monday evening in Maynard as the OVBL Championship Series got under way with Maynard meeting Barton. Now, the crowd and atmosphere are great, but what it would be like if it were Maynard and West Liberty or Barton and Wheeling?

I don't think it would be nearly as good as what we've got brewing this week. The two teams are two of the oldest remaining OVBL teams and are located just a few miles from one another and to put it mildly, don't like each other very well. That and the fact that guys in their 20s and early to mid 30s are laying it on the line each night. Whether it's diving catches or sliding head first or arguing calls because they love to compete the OVBL has it all.

Personally,  I love baseball and I love the fact that the guys playing have such an utter love for the game that they sacrifice a good portion of their springs and summers to continue to play the game they love. Anyone out there who believes the game is some typical beer league where the players don't try and are only worried about when they can crack one open are truly misinformed.

Under the guidance of the likes of Cory Delguzzo, Mike Kolvek, Laney Simone and others, the league is flourishing again. Hopefully that continues for quite sometime because this league provides an opportunity for guys to play the game they love and provides another form of entertainment in the Ohio Valley.


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