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Storm brings its brand of baseball to Steamboat for second year in row

— The start of a new baseball season is around the corner for the Steamboat Storm. The team's first game is a little more than a month away, and details about the team's second season in the Mountain West Collegiate Baseball League are still being finalized.

"We are really excited about our second season in Steamboat Springs," local supporter Dave Roy said. "We will be getting about half the players from last year's team back, and the rest will be new players."

The Storm roster will be filled with college-level players. The idea of the program is to keep those players on the field, where they can continue to develop their skills outside of their college programs.

Steamboat finished 16-18 last season, and Roy is optimistic the team will continue to show improvements in its sophomore year. But more importantly, Roy said, is the fact that the six-team league brings a different level of baseball to the area and offers a great opportunity for locals to come out and enjoy the game.

The team plays its home games at Emerald Field in a season that runs from June 7 to July 16.

Roy said players will arrive in Steamboat on June 4, and host families are still needed.

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Host opportunities will be divided into two sessions this summer. The first session will run from June 4 to 23 and the second from June 24 to July 16. Roy said host families can elect to take part in one or both of the sessions.

"This was a very successful program in its first year," Roy said. "We have a lot of host families returning to house a player again this season, and we are hoping to pick up a few more between now and the time the season begins."

The team is scheduled to open the season on the road June 7 with a double-header against the Grand Junction RMOS. Steamboat will then host the Glenwood Geckos at Emerald Field on June 9. The team will be at home June 11, 16, 23, 28 and 30 and July 1 and July 7.

Steamboat plays in a league with the Eagle Valley Eagles, Glenwood Geckos, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Summit Extreme Black and Vail Vipers. The team plays double headers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through the summer.

The Storm is managed by head coach Matt Ellinghysen, who coaches for Bemidji State University. His new assistant coach this season will be Alex Adrian, from Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona.

Anyone interested in hosting a player for the 2016 season should call Leigh Reece at 970-367-6777 or Roy at 970-819-6868. Host families commit to lodging the players. Meals are left to the host family's discretion.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966