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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — The Old Orchard Beach Surge are returning this summer for their second season of independent professional baseball at The Ballpark — and they are looking for help from their fans.

The Surge players will be arriving in town on May 30 and the team is looking to place the young ball players with host families for the months of June and July.

“These players are traveling all across the country to do one thing, and one thing only — to live out their dream of playing professional baseball,” said a news release from the team. “We, as a professional organization, have a no tolerance policy for any disrespect, or breaking any rules or regulations. They are here to work at their job every single day, until the season is over and they report back to their families. Not only are they traveling across the country by themselves, they are making the sacrifice to leave their wives, young and newborn children, and other influential people in their lives, just to be able to play for our team.”

Providing shelter is the only responsibility for the host families, who are not responsible for providing the players food or transportation.

“Who knows, you could be the family to give shelter to a future Major League Baseball played,” the team’s news release said.

Host families will also get free season tickets and will be honored on the field during one of the team’s home games at The Ballpark.

If you are interested in becoming a host family for one of the OOB players, contact Surge General Manager Alex Markakis at alexmarkakis1@gmail.com or call The BallPark directly at 205-6160.