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Dennis Bastien, the Prospect League's Commissioner, speaks Monday night during the Peru City Council meetings about why they want to relocate the Pistol Shrimp to Peru. 

The Pistol Shrimp wants to make the move to Peru, and the owner and head coach gave insight into why they want to be here. 

The DuPage Pistol Shrimp is Chicagoland’s only collegiate, wood bat, summer league baseball team. The players are college players who come from all over the United States. 

The team made a presentation to Peru city officials Monday night about why they want to move. The team was located in Lisle, Illinois in DuPage County at the Benedictine University’s baseball field. 

The team’s owner and head coach John Jakiemiec said they were informed by Benedictine that the prospects of the team playing this season was not looking good due to the virus and highly unlikely to play in front of fans. Jakiemiec said the team can’t operate financially without fans.

After looking online, the team contacted Peru city officials.

Jakiemiec visited Peru a couple weeks ago and experienced positive vibes and support from the community.  He found out that the area is sports centric, and he was impressed with Peru officials and the community. 

Jakiemiec said geographically, the move to Peru sets the team up better than DuPage County.

The team being located in Peru saves them and three to four other franchises in the area a substantial amount of money on bus travel. 

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