LakePoint brings in new base­ball part­ner

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - ♦ Prep Base­ball Re­port will be­come a flag­ship op­er­a­tor. By Doug Walker [email protected]

The mas­sive LakePoint Sport­ing Com­mu­nity in Bar­tow County is get­ting a new base­ball part­ner — Prep Base­ball Re­port.

Per­fect Game base­ball has been the venue’s base­ball part­ner since LakePoint opened, but Prep Base­ball Re­port will bring youth base­ball stars of to­mor­row to the com­plex be­gin­ning in Jan­uary.

Rim­rock Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment re­vealed plans this week to make a ma­jor in­vest­ment in Prep Base­ball Re­port, which op­er­ates youth base­ball events in 41 states and Canada. The part­ner­ship ex­pects to strengthen PBRs po­si­tion in the travel base­ball in­dus­try and fur­ther en­hance LakePoint’s role as the lead­ing host for na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Per­fect Game is not com­pletely aban­don­ing LakePoint. Don Ber­man with Glass-Rat­ner, an ad­viser to Rim­rock, said PG will con­tinue to host a num­ber of ma­jor na­tional tour­na­ments at LakePoint this year.

“They’re go­ing to have their big­gest events of the year here at LakePoint next sum­mer,” Ber­man said.

Prep Base­ball Re­port was founded by Sean Dun­can in 2005. Ini­tially it was a print mag­a­zine in Illi­nois. Over the years, the com­pany shed the mag­a­zine and moved to an on­line scout­ing pres­ence and built its base on a state-by-state ba­sis.

“All the col­leges and pro teams sub­scribe to our ser­vices in ev­ery state we’re in,” Dun­can said. “Run­ning events and tour­na­ments is some­thing we’ve al­ways done.”

Ber­man said in­vestors bought in to PBR in an at­tempt to in­te­grate sports op­er­a­tions with its real es­tate as­sets at LakePoint.

“We’re mar­ry­ing their ex­per­tise and rep­u­ta­tion with our won­der­ful base­ball as­sets,” Ber­man said. “It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity, the tim­ing is right.”

Dun­can said PBR hopes to ex­pand into the Pa­cific North­west soon.

“We’ve got­ten more into ju­nior col­lege scout­ing be­cause that is some­thing that is highly rel­e­vant in the col­lege and pro cir­cles,” Dun­can said.

He is plan­ning to or­ga­nize more ju­nior col­lege events along with high school events at LakePoint go­ing for­ward.

LakePoint has eight full­sized base­ball fields com­pletely cov­ered with an ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face that was de­vel­oped by an­other LakePoint part­ner, Shaw. Ber­man said Rim­rock has not de­cided yet if there will be any ad­di­tional base­ball fields on the North cam­pus as it re­ally starts to de­velop in the com­ing year.

A bridge over CSX rail tracks that pro­vides ac­cess to the north cam­pus is ex­pected to be com­plete this spring and a park­way to carry traf­fic onto the north cam­pus will be com­pleted later in the year.

Ber­man said the U.S. Bank­ruptcy Court for the North­ern Dis­trict of Ge­or­gia has ap­proved a re-or­ga­ni­za­tion plan and the sports des­ti­na­tion venue ex­pects to for­mally exit bank­ruptcy be­fore the end of this month.

The north cam­pus is ex­pected to de­velop with other ameni­ties to make LakePoint a com­plete des­ti­na­tion pack­age for fam­i­lies with young ath­letes.

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