Amarillo Dillas Are Now Replaced

Scott Berry, President of Southern Independent Baseball
Scott Berry, President of Southern Independent Baseball
Mark Lee, former General Manager of the Dillas
Mark Lee, former General Manager of the Dillas

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Potter County Commissioners are one step closer on deciding who will replace the former baseball team, Amarillo Dillas.

Southern Independent Baseball, who owns a team in the American Association, came to an agreement with Potter County Commissioners during a negotiation Wednesday morning which means Amarillo could have a team as soon as Monday, November 8th.

President of Southern Independent Baseball, Scott Berry, says he's confident Amarillo will be part of the league.

"I think our league is well suited for Amarillo I think we'll bring a high level of play and a higher level of organization," Berry said.

Building a relationship with the community, Berry admits will be no easy task.

"It's just a challenge for everyone who is new to the community," Berry says, "You have to prove yourself and put your front office together and earn the communities trust."

Even though the team may lose it's name, a lot may stay the same with former General Manager of the Dillas, Mark Lee, staying around.

"I'm very excited, five years ago we started something we have something special," Lee says, "We won't be the Dillas but that's ok, because that's [Potter County Memorial Park] the place to be during the summer and it still will be so we're excited."

As far as what the team is going to be called, Lee says he has some ideas.

"First we have to come up with a name, I've got come ideas, I won't same them now."

Although there is an agreement between the two, there are still many legal details in the works.

Pecos League of Professional Baseball and Amarillo Community Baseball Club also presented proposals today. The Dillas were expected to be there to give their proposal, however they did not show up.

Commissioners are expected to vote on the recommendations at their next meeting on November 8th.