GLENDALE — By midsummer, baseball games are usually already little more than a memory at Stengel Field.
But when the summer of 2011 really starts heating up, local baseball will be just getting into full swing.
The California Collegiate League, one of the premiere amateur collegiate summer baseball leagues in the country, announced on Friday that it will be expanding into Glendale, where its newest franchise will take up residence at Stengel Field.
"Bringing a collegiate league to the city of Glendale is definitely going to be one of the best things to happen to this area," said Glendale Community College baseball Coach Chris Cicuto, whose team is one of the primary residents of Stengel Field along with the Crescenta Valley High baseball team. "Years ago, the city of Glendale was really a top competitor when it came to baseball back in the 80s and 70s and we've kind of lost that love for the game a little bit. Bringing that back is going to not only bring exposure to the game for people in the city but it will also bring exposure to the college and surrounding colleges around the area. I couldn't be more ecstatic about the situation."