There will be a little less baseball played in Owensboro this summer, as the Owensboro RiverDawgs will not play in the upcoming Ohio Valley League season.
“It is with great regret that the Owensboro RiverDawgs, a beloved baseball team in the Ohio Valley League, announce their difficult decision to opt out of the upcoming 2023 season,” the Ohio Valley League stated in a press release. “This decision has been necessitated by the unfortunate loss of their home field. However, in an exciting development, the Louisville Slugger Hitting Science Center will step in to absorb the team, relocating their games to Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.”
The RiverDawgs have been a summer home for a number of local athletes over the years, now shifting direction due to the inability to use Chautauqua Park as their home field again. General Manager and former Head Coach Vic Evans said that while the situation is unfortunate, he understands Owensboro Catholic wanting to protect their recent investments into their home stadium.
The team will be taken over by the Louisville Slugger Hitting Science Center, absorbing the team that will compete at Georgetown College. Both the Ohio Valley League and the Louisville Slugger Hitting Science Center are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible for players.
The teams in the league will work closely together to ensure a smooth integration and deliver a thrilling baseball experience at Georgetown College throughout the 2023 season, while also giving players access to the school’s facilities.
“While it is unfortunate that the Owensboro RiverDawgs will not take the field in the upcoming season, the partnership with the Louisville Slugger Hitting Science Center and the relocation of games to Georgetown College represent a new chapter in the team’s journey,” the Ohio Valley League stated in a press release. “Fans can look forward to an exciting season ahead, filled with exceptional baseball moments and community engagement.”