ATHENS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League wrapped up the baseball season in late July, playing 38 games against teams around Ohio and Indiana.

Frequent storms in the first half of June and through much of July caused rain delays for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, a student-run sports program at Ohio University. All of the home games were played at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens.

College student personnel become acquainted with the field of sports management, including ticket sales, player operations, broadcasting and business.

Charlie Clegg, the student general manager of the Copperheads and a senior at Ohio University, said the crowd size in Athens averaged around 2,000 during most games. The collegiate players from around the Midwest gained a great deal of knowledge from the experience and interaction with enthusiastic fans.

Dylan Hoerner, a Copperheads pitcher, who currently attends Edison State Junior College in Piqua, hopes to earn a scholarship to a four-year college. Teammate Kyle Ratliff, who played centerfield and attends Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, is thinking about entering the Major League Baseball draft. Student broadcasters Ted Hanna and Sedric Granger gained valuable career experience calling games.

The final home game of the season was played on Friday, July 22, against the Sandusky Bay Ice Haulers, followed by a road game the next afternoon in Newark against the Licking County Settlers.