MELISSA – The Melissa Sports Facility is the place to be in the coming weeks for Metro Summer Collegiate League baseball. The league, in existence since 2013, now includes 22 teams — 12 in the Dallas Division, 10 in the Fort Worth Division.


“It’s incoming college guys all the way to graduated seniors that need repetition and to get to play during the summer,” league commissioner Lyndal Weaver said on Tuesday, June 5, with games underway on three fields. (If that name sounds familiar, Weaver was the first head coach of Melissa girls basketball, serving from 2004 to 2006.)


“My son played at UT-Arlington and we kind of started it loosely affiliated with D-BAT [training centers]. We’re kind of a cousin,” Weaver said. “We started with four teams and got bigger every year. … We’ll be here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights most of the summer, all the way through the next six weeks.”


Most of the MSCL teams are out of the Metroplex, Weaver said, though there is a squad from Oklahoma City — the OKC Reds. “They play at Melissa every Tuesday night and spend the night then play a double-header.” Weaver noted that this league’s players are from all over — Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana and Kansas.


“This facility is unbelievable,” Weaver said of Melissa’s still-new venue. “It’s second to none. It had a lot of planning and lot of insight … from baseball experts. It’s going to be a baseball mecca.”


MSCL games are also played at six other Metroplex sites. For more information, visit msummerleague.com.