Lake Havasu City, Ariz.–From 1993 to 2009, the Havasu Heat Baseball team was at the top of the charts. Supervisor Buster Johnson served on the Heat coaching staff until the team moved to Haysville, Kansas, in 2009. During the team’s time in Lake Havasu City, they won seven regional titles and the 2007 National Baseball Congress World Series Championship. “In the 16 years they were apart of Lake Havasu, they brought great joy to the community,” Supervisor Johnson stated. “I enjoyed working with these young men and have stayed friends with many of them as they have progressed in their lives. I still tune in to watch former heat outfielder Kevin Pilar play for the Toronto Bluejays,” Johnson said. “I am positive the Heat’s new sister team, Havasu Fire, will be just as successful,” Johnson continued.
Dick “Chief” Twyman, co-owner and former general manager of the Havasu Heat, worked with
former Heat player, Robbie Rea, to replicate the Heat’s success in Havasu. Before Twymana’s passing in 2011, he had dreams of a sister team forming to carry on the team’s success for the community. “I am certain Twyman would be proud to see all that has been accomplished here,” Johnson said. Havasu Fire’s head coach Robbie Rea has been recruiting college baseball players from all around the country to play on the team. The first Havasu Fire game will kick off on June 2nd against the Inland Empire Pirates in Pomona, California. Over thirty collegiate players from across the country will play for the team.
While Havasu Fire has some very big shoes to fill, they are prepared to carry on the same winning traditions their sister team is known for. The Havasu Heat in the last 22 seasons has compiled 776 wins and only 162 losses. “The Heat has helped hundreds of players move on to play professional baseball with different organizations,” Johnson said. “Professional baseball recruits come to these games to find talent and the Havasu team has been known to have such talent. With the Havasu Fire being their sister team, I am confident they too will have the same success,” Johnson stated.
The success of the Havasu Fire team is very dependent on the community. The Havasu Fire is still looking for host families. “A host family is very important to the success of the team,” Johnson said. “Many of these players are not from the area and players are not allowed to accept pay for playing in summer leagues,” Johnson explained According to head coach Robbie Rea, host families are only obligated to provide a spare bedroom and access to a bathroom and laundry facility. Players are responsible for their own food and transportation.
For anyone interested in becoming a host family for the summer, please contact Havasu Fire owner, Ken Cloutier, at 928-486-6095. For more information on the team, their schedule and other news please visit: http://www.havasufirebaseball.com/