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Thieleke not returning to Mallards

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Madison MallardsOne of the longer runs in summer collegiate baseball ended today when the Madison Mallards (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) announced that Field Manager C.J. Thieleke will not have his contract renewed for the 2011 season.

 

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Ballpark Visit: Taunton Stadium, home of the Willmar Stingers

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Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium, home of the Willmar Stingers and the Minnesota state amateur baseball tournament, isn’t the showiest or most historic ballpark in summer-collegiate circles, but it’s certainly one of the most pleasant. Ryan Voz and Marc Jerzak, both vets of the circuit with various franchises, took a chance on bringing a team to this small central-Minnesota community, and we’re guessing it’s paid off: crowds have been consistently good, and we got the sense there’s already a lot of local support for their efforts.
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Bill Taunton Stadium / Willmar Stingers

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Taunton Stadium is, at first glance, pretty reminiscent of other ballparks in the summer-collegiate Northwoods League. Then it hits you: the grandstand is exactly the same as found in Copeland Park, home of the La Crosse Loggers; the grandstand, put up in 2005 after a tornado wiped out the old grandstand, was built off the same cozy design provided by “Stadium Steve” Snyder, a Minnesota-based designer. Page 1: Introducing Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Edenton Steamers may fold if community support doesn't arrive

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edenton steamersThe nonprofit that owns the summer-collegiate Edenton Steamers says they need the community to come up with $50,000 to ensure the team's survival.
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Martinsville Mustangs approach break-even point, ensuring survival for 2011

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Martinsville Mustangs logoThe future of the summer-collegiate Martinsville Mustangs depends on approaching a break-even point on the books -- and it looks like the team will come close to that this season.
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