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Carbondale Cowboys summer collegiate baseball league team looks for host families

The Glenwood Geckos — now the Carbondale Cowboys — celebrate their 2016 Mountain West Summer College Baseball League championship last July at the Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale. (PROVIDED)

Coming off of two straight Mountain West Summer Baseball League regular season titles, the Carbondale Cowboys, formerly the Glenwood Geckos, are back for another exciting season at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale.

With a roster consisting of college players from all across the country, ranging from Division II to Junior College-level athletes, the Cowboys are in search of their third-straight league championship, this time under the direction of head coach Adam McCormick, who comes to Carbondale as the new head coach of the program after a standout career at the NAIA Tabor College Blue Jays.

Currently, the Cowboys are 1-1 on the year after splitting the opening doubleheader with the Eagle Valley Eagles on June 6.

With success coming on the field early in the year, the Cowboys are struggling off the field to find host families with housing in the valley for roughly 10-12 players on the field, that range from freshmen in college to one lone senior on the current Cowboy roster.

As of now, the handful of athletes without host families are currently staying in the dorms at the CMC campus between Glenwood and Carbondale, but that current arrangement is costing the team quite a bit of money, according to team director Tim Nieslanik.

“These kids come in here from all over the country having played at all different colleges,” Nieslanik said. “They’re here for six weeks total and play around 40 games before then going home. They’re all college-roster players, so what we would really like to see in potential host families is families with young kids who want to see their kids develop athletically. They’d have five more weeks with a personal trainer and coach right there in their homes. That’s kind of what we’re going for.

“In the past, we haven’t really had a problem finding host families, but for some reason this year we are.”

While in the valley, the players are to follow their college’s weight training programs while also playing as much baseball as possible to either keep their scholarships, earn a scholarship to a higher level of competition in college, or earn a chance to get drafted by a major league team.

For those interested in opening their homes to some of the Cowboy players, Nieslanik is open to any and all calls at 970-379-5635.

The Cowboys will play all of their home games at Ron Patch Memorial Field, with doubleheaders scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Carbondale will also compete against the likes of the Rocky Mountain (Grand Junction) Oysters, the Summit Extreme Black Diamonds, the Eagle Valley Eagles, the Steamboat Storm, the Rangely Roughnecks, the GameDay (Parker) Saints and the Vail Vipers throughout the season.