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For Immediate Release:

November 25, 2018 10:12 PM EST

PROSPECT LEAGUE WELCOMES DuPAGE PISTOL SHRIMP AS 12thTEAM DuPage begins play this coming season, which starts May 30, 2019.

LISLE, Ill. – The Prospect League is proud to introduce its newest franchise, the DuPage Pistol Shrimp, which begins play at Benedictine University's Ben U Baseball Field in Lisle, Ill., when the collegiate wood-bat league opens its 11thseason in late May.

"The Prospect League is extremely proud that the DuPage Pistol Shrimp have become our 12thteam for the 2019 season and I am confident the hard work already exhibited by their two principal owners, John Jakiemiec and Mark Sheehan, in working to make this day happen, will translate into a successful operation both on the field and in the community," stated Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien. "I also want to thank the folks at Benedictine University for their cooperation and diligence in allowing this project to go forward."

"As a long-time resident of Lisle and a small business operator in Naperville, I am acutely aware of the hotbed of baseball talent in DuPage County," Sheehan said. "My partners and I are thrilled to be able to showcase high-level collegiate baseball in our community."

Ben U Baseball Field is located on the campus of Benedictine University and is part of the Village of Lisle Benedictine University Sports Complex. The high-quality facilities are a major asset to the Prospect League, its players and fans attending games.

"Opening Day is Thursday, May 30," stated Jakiemiec. "From this moment forward our focus is to forge relationships with businesses and fans in the community, and to put out a team that night and beyond that fans will embrace and enthusiastically support. I know our players will love playing at the Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex."

The Pistol Shrimp join the league's West Division with Normal (Ill.), Quincy (Ill.), Springfield (Ill.), Hannibal (Mo.) and Cape Girardeau (Mo.).

"Having this facility working in tandem with a Prospect League team brings more than just positive economic impact to the community," stated Prospect League President Bruce Rosselli. "The partnership also gives recognition to the Benedictine University baseball program, the campus and what the school provides its students; it's a win-win for all."

"This has truly been, and will continue to be, a team effort," Bastien added. "Many, many people have combined to reach this day. May the folks of this DuPage County area and beyond embrace this team as their own. We tip the Prospect League cap and congratulate everyone involved."

"It has been an extensive work in progress for Mark Sheehan and John Jakiemiec in obtaining a team in DuPage, and I commend them for their commitment," Rosselli added. "I have to also thank Lou Simios for his cooperation with Benedictine University and other school officials in working with myself and the Commissioner to bring this project to a win-win for all parties."

"We are truly excited to have the Pistol Shrimp and the Prospect League in our community," said Village of Lisle Mayor Christopher Pecak. "As a great family entertainment option, the Pistol Shrimp organization will be a community asset that will contribute to our local economy as well."

Benedictine University Athletic Director Mark McHorneyadded, "Having a great partner and tenant make use of our beautiful ballpark and other athletic facilities during the summer months brings more positive attention to Benedictine University, our baseball program, our athletics department and the Village of Lisle. It's very beneficial for all involved."



Dennis Bastien, Prospect League Commissioner commissioner@prospectleague.com

John Jakiemiec, DuPage Pistol Shrimp Partner (415) 328-0282 info@DuPagePistolShrimp.com


The Prospect League, in its current form, began when the long-running Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL) merged with several expansion franchises, reorganized and rebranded as the Prospect League prior to the 2009 season. The Prospect League is home to elite-level professional baseball prospects who currently play in college. The league is set up to provide a high level of competition in a minor-league setting that benefits players and scouts. Member franchises also seek to enrich their communities by providing quality, affordable, fun entertainment throughout the summer months.


The DuPage Pistol Shrimp is the newest member of the Prospect League. It is owned and operated by Evolution Athletics, LLC, a baseball player development academy with locations in Alameda, CA and Naperville, IL. Media inquiries may be directed to jharris@a5inc.com or info@dupagepistolshrimp.com.

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