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The Excitement Builds: Tradewater Pirates baseball in Madisonville

tradewater piratesMadisonville, KY (5/24/2012) – The excitement is building for the first season of the Madisonville Tradewater Pirates.  There is no one more excited than Steve Fowler who is the Pirates’ head coach.  Those that know Coach Fowler know that he has a passion for baseball that pushes the boundaries of sanity.  He loves every aspect of the game from recruiting to taking home the championship.  Fowler (speaking to the Madisonville Rotary Club) is excited about his 28 new recruits for the 2012 season.  He said that bringing the Pirates to Madisonville was “a culmination of a 20 year lifelong dream for me to have this type of team to come to our area.”

The coach said that he was able to recruit an All American player this year because of the excellent athletic training facilities provided by Trover Health System.  Wrist and forearm injury would have benched the player without Trover.  Additionally, Trover provides each player with a membership to Sports Medicine.

Fowler said that starting the Tradewater Pirates was not started as a money making venture.  “We may get to the position where we’re still not.” He said tong-in-cheek (or was that something else in his cheek?)  “We want to provide opportunities for local players to come home and play and work to advance their athletic opportunities.”

“We want kids to respect themselves, respect the game and get involved in the community while they are here.” Fowler said.  He and his staff recruited 50 players and 28 are coming for the summer.  Host families have been recruited to house the players for the season.  Fowler has been most impressed with the community response.  “We asked our host families to provide the players a place to stay, a place to take a shower and do their laundry.  The host families have said ‘no, we are going to treat them like our own’”.

Fowler said that there will be 23 home games and all games will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Elmer Kelly Stadium at the Madisonville City Park.  Admission for all games is $5 for adults and kids are free.  For $75, you can get a season pass; and for $150 you can get a family, season pass.  Coach Fowler said that pocket schedules will be available soon.

The MTP will continue its Field of Dreams program encouraging youth to engage in baseball.  YMCA, Big Brother – Big Sister, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. are encouraged to take part in the program.

The Madisonville Tradewater Pirates will host their home opener at Elmer Kelly on June 1st at 7:00 p.m.  Make sure you bring some money for a MTP hat and t-shirt.

For more information check the MTP website at

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