Oconomowoc’s new baseball crew is devoted to canines in Lake Nation



Lake Country Live, a ballpark and training facility, is scheduled for completion in 2022. (Photo: Submitted)

If you travel to the lakes in the area in the summer, you will see lots of dogs on boats and docks.

After receiving more than 2,700 submissions from the community, Oconomowoc’s independent professional baseball team officially has a name to represent these dogs: the Lake Country DockHounds.

“We were overwhelmed by the amount of community support and involvement after announcing the new team and competition to come up with a name,” said Tom Kelenic, owner and managing partner of Lake Country DockHounds, in a press release. “Now that the team has an identity that Lake Country can stand behind, it is time to build a world-class ballpark and a masterful team that we can all be proud of.”

The team highlighted a number of other possible team names that were submitted on their Facebook page, including Kraken, Bobbers, Hoppers, and Paddlers.

The DockHounds play in the American Association of Professional Baseball. Also in the league are the Milwaukee Milkmen.

The team’s logo will be unveiled at the laying of the foundation stone on June 29th.

Construction of the 2,500-seat stadium on 21 acres just west of Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, on the southwest corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 67, has already begun. The website called Lake Country Live! also includes a 6,500 square foot indoor multipurpose exercise facility.

Completion is planned for the beginning of the next season in spring 2022.

Trish Rasberry will serve as general manager for the Lake Country DockHounds. (Photo: Submitted)

Trish Rasberry has been named general manager of the team. Rasberry, who is now one of two female general managers in the league, was recently vice president of sales and service for the Milkmen.

“This is an opportunity that I took and being able to build the team and the ballpark from the ground up is something I’m really excited about,” said Rasberry. “What really got me going was the ownership group’s ambition and the truly unique ability to build something special here in Lake Country.”

Team representatives said they will continue to find ways to incorporate things that represent Lake Country, from ballpark design to events, fan experiences, and more.

To learn more about the new team, visit lakecountrybaseball.com.

Contact Evan Frank at (262) 361-9138 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Evanfrank_LCP.

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