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Edenton Steamers not quite dead yet

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Edenton SteamersFundraising to keep the Edenton Steamers (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League) alive has come up short of the goals set by organizers, but enough money has come in to keep the efforts alive -- for now.

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Summer Ball Conference announced for Madison, Nov. 6-8

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SBC MadisonThe Second Annual Summer Ball Conference (SBC 10) will be held in the Mecca of Summer Collegiate baseball -- Madison, Wis., on November 6-8. The concept of the conference is a version of the Winter Baseball Meetings: providing teams with the knowledge and direction necessary to become elite in the summer collegiate ranks. The conference will take place at the Sheraton Madison Hotel and will include speaking by Vern Stenman, president of the Northwoods League's Madison Mallards and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, as well as breakout sessions, the Big Panel, SBC Awards Gala and a trade show.
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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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