In a search for league stability and a viable travel schedule, the Alexandria (LA) Aces have ended their relationship with the independent professional Continental Baseball League and joined the Texas Collegiate League for the 2010 season. This will bring the TCL lineup to seven teams, with a number of new franchises lining up for 2011.
This move by the Aces appears to be the final nail in the CBL coffin in East Texas and Louisiana. As reported over the past few months, the Texarkana (TX) Gunslingers, Bay Area (Texas City, TX) Toros, and South Louisiana Pipeliners have gone belly up. This reality left the Aces with a monster CBL travel schedule that would have included 800 mile one-way roadtrips to their closest league competitor in West Texas.
The TCL is a great fit for the Aces. Expenses will be lower, travel will be relatively compact, and the play on the field will be top-notch with aspiring college athletes from talent rich Texas and the surrounding region. The move should bring baseball stability and longevity to Alexandria and Bringhurst Field.