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New Albany may have more baseball and softball to look forward to in the future, as the city and Blue Mountain College are working on a contract allowing the college to play baseball and fastpitch softball at the Sportsplex starting in the Fall of 2010.
The Aldermen discussed the contract during their meeting Monday night, and BMC officials met on Wednesday, further discussing the possibility of using the Sportsplex.
"They asked and we're more than agreeable to allow this because this will bring something special to the town that we don't have right now,” New Albany Mayor Tim Kent said Wednesday.
Kent added that the potential economic boost is another reason to allow the college to play in New Albany.
“This has worked well with USSSA, as last summer we had close to 100,000 out of town visitors in the area," Kent said. "Anytime we can that out of town business while people are visiting here, it's good for the community, so we're looking to capitalize with this and that's why we're so willing to let them use our facilities.”
As far as building the team, BMC Athletic Director Lavon Driskell thinks the best approach is to give the coaches a year to recruit and build the program before fielding a team.
“We're taking the same approach that we did with our basketball program in that we're going to give the coaches a year to recruit and get the program going, otherwise we'll be scrambling to get this put together," Driskell explained. "This will give us a year to find good athletes.”
The Toppers play in the TranSouth Conference, a division in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and Driskell said both teams will jump right into conference competition once the teams are established.