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CornBelters to host Michael Collins tribute night

July 17, 2014 – 6:36 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, have announced they are hosting a Michael Collins Tribute Night on August 19. The CornBelters are playing the Schaumburg… Read the full story »

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Despite Missing Playoffs, Future Looks Bright

September 1, 2014 – 9:01 pm | Comments Off
Despite Missing Playoffs, Future Looks Bright

by: David Petschenko

 

Despite missing the playoffs, this season has been a very bright one for a young CornBelters team. Brooks Carey’s squad has set a franchise record for wins in a season with 48 and has a chance at winning a couple more in the final series of the season against the second place Schaumburg Boomers, who have already clinched a spot in this years playoffs.

While they did have their fair share of ups and downs this season, they had four winning streaks of 6 games or more including a franchise high 7 game winning streak from 8/12-8/19. During that streak, the CornBelters outscored their opponents 70-24.

The Belters did everything they could’ve done on the offensive side scoring 536 runs, which was third in the entire league behind only River City and Schaumburg. They were the best hitting team in the league with a team average of .290. Of all the players on their roster with 250+ at bats, six of them hit .290 or greater (most in the league). A few of the new additions during the offseason paid off as well. Sam Judah, who is in his second stint with the team, is having himself a career year batting .312 with 13 homeruns and a league leading 81 RBI. While Richard Lucas, who got off to a slow start has finished very well batting .280 with 13 homeruns and 51 RBI.

The whole point of playing in the Frontier League is getting the opportunity to play in front of major league scouts and eventually have your contract picked up by one of those major league teams. Two of the CornBelters pitchers were lucky enough to be given this opportunity as Alan Oaks and Cole Brocker had their contracts picked up by the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves respectively.

It was a season full of highs and lows for the CornBelters, but they have slowly been making their way towards the top of their division. In his second full season with the CornBelters, Brooks Carey has done a very good job improving this team. They have scored 119 more runs than last season and finished with a winning record. With a few more solid offseason signings, specifically in the starting rotation, this looks like a team that can very well contend for a playoff berth in the 2015 season.

The Season Starts Now

August 25, 2014 – 5:31 pm | Comments Off
The Season Starts Now by: David Petschenko With only nine games remaining in the 2014 campaign, the CornBelters would need nothing short of a miracle to make their way into the playoffs. The Frontier…

Michael Collins Tribute Game

August 20, 2014 – 1:36 am | Comments Off
Michael Collins Tribute Game by: David Petschenko #MCstrong was trending Tuesday night at the Corn Crib as the Normal CornBelters hosted a tribute game to honor Michael Collins, a former ISU student and Heartland…

CornBelters split Sunday twinbill at Florence

August 10, 2014 – 11:12 pm | Comments Off
FLORENCE, Ky. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, rode an opening-game pitching gem from Mike Schweiss for a 3-2 win, but mustered only one hit in a…

Chris Brown tribute concert featuring Brushville

August 10, 2014 – 10:22 am | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, have partnered with the Hudson Firefighters Association to host a Brushville concert on September 20 at the Corn Crib.…

Freedom shut out CornBelters

August 10, 2014 – 10:21 am | Comments Off
FLORENCE, Ky. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, were shut out for only the second time this season in a 4-0 loss to the Florence Freedom on…

CornBelters drop hard-fought doubleheader at Gateway

August 9, 2014 – 9:59 am | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, dropped both ends of a hard-fought doubleheader by the same 4-3 score, the first game in 10 innings, to…

CornBelters and Grizzlies rained out again

August 7, 2014 – 7:51 pm | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, and Gateway Grizzlies were rained out on the second consecutive night Thursday in Sauget. The game will be made…

Oaks has contract purchased by San Diego Padres

August 7, 2014 – 6:09 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – The San Diego Padres have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Alan Oaks from the Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers. Oaks has served as…

CornBelters announce time change for Thursday and Friday

August 7, 2014 – 4:00 pm | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. –The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, announced a time change for their Thursday and Friday night games due to rain in the area. The two teams…

CornBelters and Grizzlies rained out 8/6

August 7, 2014 – 1:12 am | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, and Gateway Grizzlies were rained out in the series opener on Wednesday night in Sauget. The game will be…

Snipes Playoff Update

August 4, 2014 – 5:03 pm | Comments Off
By Zack Carpenter The Lexington Snipes were eliminated from The Midwest Collegiate League playoffs last week, swept by the Southland Vikings, 13-4 and 10-2. The Snipes finished the year with…

Judah named Frontier League player of the week for third time

August 4, 2014 – 3:47 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – Sam Judah was selected as the Frontier League player of the week for the third time this season. The outfielder for the Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois…

Strong pitching leads CornBelters to sweep

August 4, 2014 – 3:45 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, received strong starts on the mound from Mike Schweiss in the opener and a complete game three-hitter from Matt…

McKenna comes through in clutch with walk-off homer

August 2, 2014 – 11:14 pm | Comments Off
by Zack Carpenter NORMAL, Ill. – Pat McKenna clubbed a two-out solo home run in the 10th inning Saturday night at the Corn Crib, to give the CornBelters a 4-3…
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