CONWAY — Summer baseball returns to Mount Washington Valley in 2017 with the formation of the Home Run Baseball League. The league, for players age 13-15 years old, is the brainchild of Greg Allain, Jim Hidden and Doc Walker. Their goal is to provide the opportunity for players to play baseball locally during the summer. They are planning a 12-game schedule with a league championship and all-star tournament to round out the season, which will run from late June to early August.
The trio heading up this new venture are all well-respected baseball minds in the Valley and they bring a vast knowledge of the game with them, led by Allain, owner of the Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway. Allain brings years of experience in the game of baseball both as a player and as an instructor. As a player, he played high school baseball in Berlin, and was an All-State player his senior year. Upon graduation he attended Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., where he was a four-year starter both as a pitcher and a first baseman.
After graduating in 2005 with a degree in Sport Management, Allain played professionally with the Alexandria Aces and San Angelo Colts of the United Baseball League. Once his playing career was over, he turned his attention to teaching the game of baseball. He worked over a year with Frozen Ropes Training Centers in Massachusetts as a lead instructor and served as an instructor at the National Summer Camp held in Cape Cod. In September 2012, Allain was inducted into the Endicott College Athletic Hall of Fame, becoming just the third baseball player in program history to receive that honor.
Allain will be aided by Hidden and Walker who will serve as league president and vice-president, respectively. Hidden is a product of local baseball from his start in the Tamworth Little League and Babe Ruth programs through his time as a captain of the Kennett Baseball team. Hidden has logged many years coaching at the Jr. and Sr. Babe Ruth levels in Tamworth and Madison and currently serves as the JV Baseball coach at Kennett High School.
The final member of the group is Walker, a legend on and off the field. Walker is well known for his 48 years of work as a veterinarian and his 30 consecutive years of playing as a catcher for Oak Lea, Fandangle’s, and the Old Indians. He also has many years of coaching Cal Ripken baseball, Babe Ruth baseball, and women’s softball. He is currently the bullpen coach at Kennett, assisting Hidden with the JV squad.
The HomeRun Baseball League (HRBL) is currently looking to add players and coaches to their rosters as well as sponsors to help defray cost associated with the program. For more information contact HRBL Commissioner Allain at (603) 447-2000 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please keep an eye on the Home Run Training Center’s facebook page for updates.