Posts Tagged ‘Eau Claire Express’
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (July 30, 2012) — Forget everything you know about the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle for the Little Brown Jug; with the season winding down and the playoff picture not favoring the Battle Creek Bombers nor the Eau Claire Express, the two teams have found a new motivation to play for: The NWL Clash of the Ex-Titans.
In 2010, the Eau Claire Express were the toast of the Northwoods League as they posted a 52-24 record and defeated the Rochester Honkers in a three-game series to become the Northwoods League Champions for the first time in team history. Perfect Game Baseball named the Express the Summer League Team of the Year and Dale Varsho was named NWL Manager of the Year.
Similarly, the 2011 Battle Creek Bombers dominated the Northwoods League in route to a 47-26 overall record and became the Summer Collegiate World Series Champs. The Bombers finished the season ranked 9th nationally and completed the biggest turnaround in Northwood League History. Donnie Scott, the manager of the Bombers, won NWL Manager of the Year honors and the Bombers sent five players to the All-Star game.
With each team currently owning the same 20-36 overall record, Bombers General Manager Brian Colopy and Express General Manager Andy Neborak have negotiated a wager that includes the two former “Titans of the League”. The team’s GM that owns the worst record heading into the final game of the season on August 12 at C.O. Brown Stadium will have to wear the other teams Jersey and Hat and be the opposing team’s batboy for the game. Additionally, the team with the best record will win the Official Clash of the Titans Trophy. The Clash of the Titans competition began being tracked starting on July 30 and will finish August 11.
“I have complete confidence in our team and have no doubt that our guys will continue to fight over these next 2 weeks to put Mr. Neborak on a bus and over to the Creek for the final game of the season. We are preparing the official bat boy jersey for him as we speak.” said Bombers GM Brian Colopy.
“The talent we have on our team along with our encouraging play recently has me confident that our team will end the year on a strong note. I’m sure that Mr. Colopy will look great wearing Express orange on his own turf,” stated Express GM Andy Neborak.
The Battle Creek Bombers and Eau Claire Express are members of the prestigious Northwoods League that has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other summer collegiate baseball league in North America.
Friday, May 18th, 2012
Dale Varsho Sits Down With WQOW
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (May 16, 2012) — Two weeks prior to Opening Day for the Eau Claire Express, manager Dale Varsho sat down with WQOW News 18 sports director Bob Bradovich to talk about the 2012 Northwoods League season.
Varsho’s been the team’s only manager over the franchise’s first seven seasons, and says the word is out that the NWL is a great league, and that Eau Claire’s one of the best places to play.
The Express has continued to work with some of the same college baseball programs that helped supply the 2010 roster that went on to win the NWL title, but some other programs, like Rice, Wichita State and Indiana State will help fill the 2012 Express roster.
Varsho says fans at Carson Park this season will be treated to four different Bobble-Head Nights, a popular promotion at all levels of baseball.
Varsho enters his eighth season with the third most regular season wins in Northwoods League history with 252 and tied for third most postseason wins with six. Varsho’s regular season record as manager is 252-227 (.526). Varsho also managed the 2010 Northwoods League South All-Star team.
The Express opens their 2012 season on Wednesday, May 30, when the Wisconsin Woodchucks visit Carson Park.
Friday, May 14th, 2010
(Eau Claire, WI) Three familiar faces will return to Carson Park to play for the Express this summer. Field Manager Dale Varsho today announced the return of Santa Clara outfielder Lucas Herbst along with Augustana teammates Nate Baumann and Drew Heithoff from the 2009 roster. With the Express opener just under three weeks away, the roster now includes 23 players.
Herbst, a sophomore outfielder and pitcher, is batting .286 with three home runs and 12 runs batted in covering 46 spring games. His five triples lead the team and his nine stolen bases rank second. Herbst had an injury-filled 2009 season with the Express, finishing with a .295 batting average in 22 games played. He did steal six bases without being caught in his limited action.
Baumann, a junior outfielder, has put up some gaudy statistics this spring for Augustana. In 55 games played, he is batting .441 with 14 home runs, 60 RBI’s and 40 stolen bases. The Marshall, Minn. native was recently named the NSIC player of the week after batting .630 with five home runs and 16 RBI’s during the week ending May 1. Baumann began last season with the Express on a ten-day contract before being signed for the remainder of the season. He finished fourth on the team with a .286 batting average while also hitting three home runs.
Heithoff is a junior infielder from Yankton, SD. In 55 games played with the Vikings, he is batting .328 with 11 doubles and 38 stolen bases. Like Baumann, Heithoff began his career in Eau Claire as a ten-day player that eventually signed a full contract. He tied for the team lead appearing in 60 games and compiled a .262 batting average and 11 doubles in 195 at-bats.
The Express will open their 2010 season in La Crosse on June 2. June 3 will mark the Express home opener, as the Loggers travel to Carson Park. Game time is 6:35 and the first 500 families in attendance will receive a 2010 magnetic schedule, compliments of Maverick Media and Bridge Stop
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
(Eau Claire, WI) Eau Claire Express Field Manager Dale Varsho announced the latest verbal commitments to his roster today. Joining the 2010 squad are University of Arkansas outfielder Jacob Morris and Central Michigan pitcher Dietrich Enns. The 2010 roster now includes 18 verbal commitments with opening day a month and a half away.
Morris, a 6-foot-3-inch freshman, is using 2010 as a redshirt season for the Razorbacks. He transferred to Arkansas after spending one semester at Arizona State University. Morris had an outstanding career at Coppell (Tex.) High School, which led to the Washington Nationals drafting him in the 35th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
He was named to the Aflac All-American Team as a junior and to the Under Armour All-American Team after batting .340 as a senior. A multi-sport star, Morris also played football and was part of a state finalist relay on the track team.
Enns is a 6-foot-1-inch pitcher at Central Michigan University. The left-hander has worked mostly out of the bullpen in his freshman season for the Chippewas, posting a 3-0 record and a 1.71 earned run average in nine appearances (one start). His 28 strikeouts rank third on the team and his opponents’ batting average of .174 is the lowest on the team for anyone that has pitched more than three innings thus far.
The Express will open their 2010 season in La Crosse on June 2. June 3 will mark the Express home opener, as the Loggers travel to Carson Park. Game time is 6:35 and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a 2010 magnetic schedule, compliments of Maverick Media and Bridge Stop. Single-game tickets for all Express home games, including the NWL All-Star Game, are now available at the Express office and online at www.eauclaireexpress.com.
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
(Eau Claire, WI)A familiar face will be returning to play at Carson Park this summer. The Eau Claire Express announced today that Eau Claire native and UW-Oshkosh outfielder Nolan Fadness has verbally committed to return for a third season. Field Manager Dale Varsho’s roster now stands at 16.
Fadness, a 5-foot-8 inch junior, has been a versatile member of the Express the past two summers. The Eau Claire Memorial graduate has played all three outfield spots along with putting time in at second base. He was the only Express player to be named to both the mid-season and post-season Northwoods League All-Star teams in 2009. Fadness finished the season with a .317 batting average and team-leading totals in hits (73), at-bats (230), runs (50), walks (33), and stolen bases (28).
In ten games for the Titans this spring, Fadness is batting .353 with 11 runs scored and four stolen bases. He has also driven in seven runs, and six of his 12 hits on the season have gone for extra bases. UW-Oshkosh has a 5-5 record early on in their season.
The Express will open their 2010 season in La Crosse on June 2nd. June 3rd will mark the Express home opener, as the Loggers travel to Carson Park. Game time is 6:35 and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a 2010 magnetic schedule, compliments of Maverick Media. Single-game tickets for all Express home games, including the NWL All-Star Game, are now available at the Express office and online at www.eauclaireexpress.com.
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
(Eau Claire, WI) Eau Claire Express field manager Dale Varsho announced the next three verbal commitments to his roster today. Baylor right-hander Trent Blank is set to return from the 2009 team and will be joined by Yavapai teammates Ty Forney and Devon Zenn. The 2010 roster now stands at ten.
Blank, a 6-foot-2-inch right-handed pitcher, appeared in ten games (seven starts) for the Express in 2009. He finished with a record of 3-1 and a 4.43 earned run average. The sophomore has logged 14.2 innings this spring for the Bears and has a 2-1 record and 4.30 ERA in four appearances (two starts). Blank appeared in 15 games with four starts as a freshman at Baylor.
Forney is a 5-foot-10-inch sophomore infielder at Yavapai. The Gilbert, Ariz. native played in 57 games as a freshman, batting .357 with 38 runs batted in. He has followed up his impressive freshman season with a strong start this spring, as he is batting .301 and leads the team with nine stolen bases through 22 games. His nine steals have already surpassed his total of seven in 2009.
Zenn is a 5-foot-11-inch freshman for the Roughriders. In 19 games this spring, the infielder is batting .316 and is a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases. He is tied for the team-lead with 11 walks and leads the team with a .469 on-base percentage. Zenn appeared in 21 games as a senior at Benicia (Calif.) High school and had a .400 batting average. He was drafted out of high school by the Los Angeles Angels in the 27th round of the 2009 June Amateur Draft, but chose to attend school and play collegiate ball at Yavapai.
The Express will open their 2010 season in La Crosse on June 2. June 3 will mark the Express home opener, as the Loggers travel to Carson Park. Game time is 6:35 and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a 2010 magnetic schedule, compliments of Maverick Media. Single-game tickets for all Express home games, including the NWL All-Star Game, are now available at the Express office.