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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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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 League Playoff system works like this: The winner of each division is automatically in and receives a first round bye. Instead of the second and third place teams from each conference rounding out the lucky six, the Frontier League Committee has laid things out a little differently. The four teams with the best record (not including the division winner) advance to the playoffs. Three of those four are likely to be from the East with the Schaumburg Boomers being the lone team from the West advancing.

The Belters are six games back of the last spot in the playoffs with nine games left to play. They are the hottest team in the Frontier League, winning 10 of their last 12 games. Needless to say, there is no doubt in my mind they are completely capable of winning the amount of games necessary to capture that last spot. However, this is where the miracle is needed. Even if the CornBelters win all nine of their remaining games, they would need either Lake Erie, Evansville, Southern or River City to lose each of its remaining games to have a chance at getting in.

As if it’s not hard enough to win nine games in a row against the worst teams in the league, the three teams the CornBelters have to play over the next week and a half all have winning records. The Belters last home series begins Tuesday night against Lake Erie. After that series, they head to Southern for a weekend series and then close out the season at Schaumburg.

It’s that time of the season where players must dig deep and find what they’ve been searching for all year. Nothing that happened earlier in the season matters anymore. It’s a nine game season, and it’s up to the CornBelters to decide if they want to play well into September.

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…

Miners capture rubber game over CornBelters

August 1, 2014 – 11:52 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, gave up a big fifth inning and dropped the rubber game of a series to the Southern Illinois Miners…
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