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14 St. Norbert baseball players are playing in the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League this summer

August 2006

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For these SNC student-athletes, summer is for baseball

This summer many St. Norbert College baseball players have left behind the Knights’ green and gold for teams of a different color. A total of 14 players from last year’s roster are playing on teams around the area in the wooden-bat Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League.

For most players the decision to join the summer league was two-fold. “I’m always quick to jump on any opportunity to play the game,” said Teddy Fleming ’07. “On top of that it always helps to stay in shape for the next baseball season. It also didn’t hurt knowing that I would be playing with just about a dozen or so current and ex-Norbert baseball players, so getting together just about every day to play the game I love with some of my better friends was just too great a chance to pass up.”

The Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League consists of seven teams and is mostly made up of local college players and others who previously played at the collegiate level. Current St. Norbert baseball players in the league include: Roger Allen ’06 for the Manitowoc Bandits; Fleming, Jordan Stauber ’08, Alex Byrne ’08, Brian Charles ’07, Kyle Thomas ’07, Adam Frost ’09 and Cole Heeg ’08, for the Green Bay Billy’s; Ryan Geschke ’07, Greg Billings ’06, Jake Gasser ’08, Brian Perszyk ’07 and Mike Wallerich ’08 for the Green Bay Storm; Brett Yost ’08 for the De Pere River Bandits.

While playing against teammates may be a bit strange for some, it encourages healthy competition. Everyone wants to see their friends play well, so the players often find themselves cheering their teammates on as they compete on rival teams, Byrne said. Charles agrees: “No matter the score, I think it is important to understand that it's making the SNC team better.”

Ultimately it seems to be the love of America’s favorite pastime that leads these Green Knight boys of summer to devote their time to the regional league. Fleming says, “Playing on the same field with some of the area’s great talent, who just so happen to be some great friends, there’s really nothing better.”

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