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6:30am — Pro Baseball Coming to Alamogordo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Independent Pecos League also will play in Las Cruces, Roswell and Artesia.

The Pecos League, an independent professional baseball league headquartered in Houston, announced Tuesday that the Coastal Kingfish of El Paso will move to Alamogordo for the 2011 season, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

The Kingfish, who have been renamed the White Sands Kingfish, will be mainly a travel team in the league but will have 10 to 20 home games in Alamogordo, the Daily News said.

“The Kingfish were in El Paso last year and we’re in the process of moving them here,” Pecos League commissioner Andrew Dunn told the Daily News. “Cause it makes better geographic sense to have them here. That’s what we’re doing here. These guys showed me their facility, which is a practice facility and possibly for games.”

The league currently consists of the Las Cruces Vaqueros, Alpine (Texas) 06 Cowboys, Artesia NuMexers, Roswell Invaders, Del Rio (Texas) Gunslingers, Bisbee (Ariz.) Copperkings, El Paso Dragons and the Kingfish, the Daily News said.

According to the Pecos League website, the new league will formally begin operations in September and its first season will kick off in May 2011.

Major League baseball rules will apply, and, like the National League, there will be no designated hitter.

Teams will play four-game homestands Wednesdays through Saturdays, three-game homestands Sundays through Tuesdays, and exhibition games on Monday and Tuesday nights, except for traveling teams like Alamogordo and Artesia, according to the website.

The league hopes to expand in 2012, with an Eastern Division consisting of teams in Oklahoma, north Texas and Louisiana, the website said.




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