BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – The Greater Northeast Collegiate Baseball League is starting on June 1 with five Maine teams comprising the summer college wood bat league.

The Wasabi Ventures Sports ownership group is bringing the Bangor Babes, Augusta Surgin’ Sturgeon, and the Old Orchard Beach Bugs to Maine this summer.

“What we look for is opportunities exactly like this, where you have the right kind of situation. You’ve got the right part of the country. You’ve got the right facilities. What is needed is the building of the team and really running the team and the operations,” said Jeff Musgrove, co-founder, operating partner, Wasabi Ventures Sports.

Local players can benefit from more offseason experience.

“This really is a showcase league. This is a chance for these kids to show what they can do. Having it be wooden bat is one of the biggest reasons why the kids want to be a part of this. It’s that extra set of playing time, at bats, and work on your position,” said Musgrove.

Musgrove is looking forward to the opportunities for fans as well.

“You’ll see us do stuff on social media and during games where we try to create that kind of relationship between the players and fans so that it’s not just ‘I’m coming and watching a baseball game,’” said Musgrove.

Opening day will feature Old Orchard Beach facing Bangor on June 1 at 6 p.m. at Husson’s Winkin Sports Complex.

The Babes, Surgin’ Sturgeon, and Beach Bugs are joined by the Sebago Slammin’ Salmon and Gorham Lightning in the GNCBL.

You can find out more by visiting GNCBL.com.