PRINCE GEORGE — A new, local team will be joining the collegiate baseball scene in the near future. Richard Bland College has announced that it has created a baseball program, with the new junior-college team set to take the field for the first time in the spring of 2022.
"Richard Bland College is excited to provide an opportunity for high-achieving student-athletes to attend the College and thrive academically and athletically," Scott Newton, Richard Bland's athletic director, said in a press release. "Scholastic baseball in the Tri-Cities and throughout Virginia has an abundance of talented athletes that will flourish on-and-off the field at RBC."
Richard Bland's home baseball games will be played at the Dinwiddie Sports Complex. No coach has been hired to lead the program yet, though Richard Bland says that a search is underway. Players interested in joining Richard Bland's baseball program can fill out a survey, available on Richard Bland's athletics website.
The new team will compete in Region 10 of NJCAA Division I, which also includes Southwest Virginia Community College in Cedar Bluff. The conference will be made up of 14 teams when Richard Bland joins.
Baseball will be the seventh sport in Richard Bland's athletic repertoire, joining men's basketball, women's volleyball, women's beach volleyball, men's and women's soccer and softball."Since intercollegiate athletics returned to Richard Bland in 2013, the College's athletics teams have won national and regional championships, bringing great energy and pride to our campus community," Debbie Sydow, the college's president, said in the release. "Richard Bland is now poised to add baseball, which provides additional opportunities for talented student-athletes to attend and excel at RBC."
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