Category Archives: Feature Stories

A Final Farewell to Leesburg

To the Leesburg Lightning Organization: Even though I may have been the team “journalism intern”, in my mind, the best part of the gig was also being a fan of the Leesburg Lightning. For me, the fan experience gave itself … Continue reading

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2016 Leesburg Lightning All-Star Selections

On Saturday, July 9, the Florida League will direct its most talented players to Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium for All-Star festivities. The Leesburg Lightning (12-16) have the pleasure of receiving eight All-Star selections in total. Catcher Igor Baez, Shortstop Clay … Continue reading

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The Solo Act at Pat Thomas Stadium

If you’ve ever pondered the man power that is required of a baseball playing facility, you’ll typically learn that it takes a handful of people. Some of the finest baseball stadiums around the country are more often than not, operated … Continue reading

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Coach Billings’ Love For the Game Resides in Leesburg

Leesburg Lightning Head Coach Rich Billings has always had a close connection with the game of baseball. Whether that was dreaming of a career as a professional baseball player or learning the game from his father, baseball has always been … Continue reading

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2016 Season Preview

One run. That was all that separated the Leesburg Lightning from being crowned Florida Collegiate Summer League champions in 2015. A 1-0 loss to the Sanford River Rats curbed the Lightning from winning their third FCSL Championship in six appearances. … Continue reading

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Leesburg and Sanford Face off in FCSL Championship

  LEESBURG, Fla. – After 122 games over a two-month span (including playoffs), the Florida Collegiate Summer League championship game is set. The Leesburg Lightning face the Sanford River Rats today at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg – home of … Continue reading

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Leesburg Bond Still Strong as Championship Game Looms in the Distance

LEESBURG, Fla. – It might seem tough for players from all over the country to come together and gel in the short summer baseball league season, but the Leesburg Lightning players trumped all – bonding in the first couple of … Continue reading

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Lightning Look to Make Altamonte Springs Go Boom in FCSL Playoffs

LEESBURG, Fla. — The Leesburg Lightning are perfect when it comes to postseason appearances — the Lightning have made the Florida Collegiate Summer League playoffs in each of their nine seasons in the league. Five of those postseason runs have … Continue reading

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Rain or Shine, Lightning Faithful are There

LEESBURG, Fla. — As the rain fell on Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field on Tuesday — resulting in another Leesburg Lightning suspended game — one has to wonder why fans continue to stick around long after the rain begins to … Continue reading

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Weeks and Simmons Shine in Prospect Showcase

Sanford, Florida — The Leesburg Lightning only had two players on the Florida Collegiate Summer League Prospect Team but they certainly made some noise in the team’s 3-0 win over the Sunbelt League Prospect Team on Sunday night at Sanford … Continue reading

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