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Investors buy Honeycrisps baseball team

The Hendersonville Honeycrisps baseball team has been purchased by Third Street Sports LLC, an ownership group made up of Kyle Aldridge, Doug Roper III and Brad Morrison who are all childhood friends and baseball players.

Aldridge is a CPA, Roper is a banker and the current Mayor of Vidalia, Georgia, and Morrison owns multiple technology businesses.

"We're excited to partner with the Hendersonville community in bringing high quality baseball and family entertainment back to historic Berkeley Park next summer," Aldridge said. "We can't wait to showcase the tremendous baseball talent in the area and build on last year's successful inaugural season. General Manager Mark Emery and Head Coach Will Lindsey have laid the groundwork for a winning team for years to come."

"With the Honeycrisps success in their inaugural season, year two looks to be more successful," Emery said. "Will Lindsey and the whole Coaching Staff will return but the most exciting part is the new ownership group. The Third Street Sports owners played Baseball at the collegiate level and are bringing their expertise to the mountains. We are looking forward to getting the community involved and having a fun filled summer of competitive baseball."

The Honeycrisps joined the summer collegiate baseball league in 2022. The season runs through June and July. The Crisps play at historic Berkeley Mills Park, which has been dubbed "The Orchard" by fans.

"We believe very strongly that the ultimate success of the league is dependent on the private ownership of every team in the league," Old North State League President and CEO Alec Allred said. "This will lead to bigger crowd sizes, more community support and bigger media content deals. It has long been our goal to be a league free to all players and I believe this helps us get there in the future."

The Old North State League operates fourteen collegiate baseball teams in locations from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Coast.