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FCBL expands to Pittsfield, Old Orchard Beach, Wachusett

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Futures Collegiate Baseball League

The summer-collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League is adding at at least three teams to its lineup for the 2012 season, adding teams at Wahconah Park, Old Orchard Beach Ballpark and Doyle Field.

Two of the three new teams will play in former minor-league venues. Jeff Goldklang, on behalf of the Goldklang Group, landed the rights to place a team at Pittsfield's Wahconah Park after the Pittsfield Colonials (independent; Can-Am League) folded shop; the ballpark has also hosted Eastern League and NY-Penn League baseball. (A final decision on the lease is pending.) In Old Orchard Beach, a new team will play at The Ballpark, the former home to the Maine Guides (Class AAA; International League). The FCBL team will replace an NECBL team.

The league is looking to expand to an additional city in 2012, giving the league eight teams -- double the four teams playing in the circuit's inaugural season.

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