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July 4, 2007

Right place, right time: Great Lakes League makes investment in Anderson

Success doesn’t transpire overnight. Instead, it’s a lengthy process, requiring relentless resolve and most importantly, timing. Something Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Commissioner Kim Alan Lance knows about firsthand.

Rising through the ranks of the Midwest’s prestigious wood-bat summer baseball league over the past 18 years, Lance’s GLSCL affiliation began behind the dish where he’s called balls and strikes since 1989.

Soon after, the Delaware, Ohio, resident moved up to assistant commissioner/supervisor of umpires where he served the league for five seasons.

Yet, what came next could only be explained one way.

“Sometimes it’s a matter of being at the right place at the right time,” remarked Lance, who is currently in his third year as GLSCL Commissioner. “That’s really important.”

For the city of Anderson, the same goes without saying.

In its initial year housing the Anderson Servants, which falls under the GLSCL umbrella, the stars aligned for both the city and a franchise looking to re-emerge from a one-year hiatus.

“I think Anderson is a really nice fit in terms of playing facilities, the community and also given the focus, drive and the direction of the Servants program,” Lance said. “And playing at Anderson University made a lot of sense, too.”

Operating for three years in Indianapolis beforehand, the Servants’ President and General Manager Greg Lymberopoulos came to realize an immediate future in Madison County last year.

With the franchise based in Christian ideals, Lymberopoulos believes perennial ambitions along with a long-standing partnership with the city can be achieved.

“For Anderson to have us is a blessing. The good Lord was kind enough to bring us here,” said Lymberopoulos. “It’s a very competitive league. It’s very good baseball.”

As one of 11 teams in the GLSCL, the Servants represent a baseball tradition spanning from the league’s establishment in 1986.

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