A wooden bat league following NCAA baseball rules and guidelines.

About Our Baseball League


The Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League was born in October 2010. The initial four teams in the new Ohio Valley League were the Marion Bobcats, Owensboro Oilers, Fulton Railroaders and Tradewater Pirates, and began playing in the 2011. All four teams left the KIT League after the end of the 2010 season in order to form their own summer collegiate baseball league. The Ohio Valley League will play NCAA Rules and guidelines on the field. Wooden bats will still be used and the bulk of the season will be played in June and July.

Three of the four teams had played in the KIT League, a throwback to the original Kitty League, since their establishment—Fulton in 2004, Owensboro in 2006 and Marion in 2008. Tradewater began play in 1999 as an independent semi-pro team, but joined the KIT League in 2007.

In 2012 the Ohio Valley League expanded to 5 teams, adding the Hoptown Hoppers from Hopkinsville, KY. The Hoppers are another of the old Kitty League teams. Also in 2012, the Tradewater Pirates moved to Madisonville, KY from Dawson Springs, KY. In 2013 the Dubois County Bombers of Huntingburg Indiana joined the OVL for a total of 6 teams.

In 2014 the Madisonville changed their team name to the Miners (formally Pirates) to carry on their Kitty League roots. In 2015 five teams were active; Oilers, Bombers, Miners, Hoppers and Railroaders. For 2016 the league added two more teams; the Paducah Chiefs and the Muhlenburg County Stallions, both Kentucky teams.  

For 2017, the OVL granted a franchise to the Henderson Flash. The addition of the Flash builds the league to 8 teams total.

The OVL also now has the East and West Divisions. The East division will consist of the Henderson Flash, Dubois County Bombers, Owensboro Oilers and Muhlenberg Stallions. The West division will contain the Fulton Railroaders, Paducah Chiefs, Hopkinsville Hoppers and Madisonville Miners. The 2017 OVL schedule will be each team playing 40 regular season games, 20 home & 20 away.

The League expects to add new teams in the future. Talks are ongoing with several other communities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri.



Franchise Opportunities

There are a minimum of 40 games for each team with post season playoffs. Teams in the OVL have minimum travel requirements for away games and return home after each game. Reasonable fees and league assistance helps to establish each new club.

Click here to contact us to learn more about establishing and operating a baseball franchise in the Ohio Valley League. We would love to hear from you.

The Ohio Valley League Officials are:

President - John Bruce
Vice President - Vic Evans                                  
Treasurer - Mike Smith
Secretary - Tricia Noel
Head Scorekeeper - Zachary Bulleit