Baseball in Naperville’s Backyard

Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack, because you won’t care if you ever get back when the DuPage Hounds hit the diamond at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle.

“We call it baseball in your backyard and people love that,” said co-owner Josh VanSwol. “It’s a five minute ride, free parking, eight dollar tickets, and a good time.”

The hounds open their inaugural season joining the Midwest Collegiate League. A summer league where every player must have NCAA eligibility, and hopes of catching the eye of major league scouts.

“We have scouts that come out to every game,” said VanSwol. “The players are out there for the love of the game because they don’t get paid. It is just for exposure.”

Even though the hounds are not affiliated with a professional team, the home games still provide a big league atmosphere with major league fun for the whole family. Children can enjoy the kids zone that features bouncy castles and a speed pitch game, while parents can sip on an adult beverage while watching the game.

“It’s a local attraction and that’s what makes it nice,” said Naperville resident J.P. Renfro. “It’s a great way to spend a summer night. Baseball, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

And whether you are watching the hounds play ball or just playing around, a summer night at the ballpark is closer than you think.


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