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Sluggers heading to Rose Hill for Sunflower League

Charles Chaney
cchaney@butlercountytimesgazette.com
Butler County Times Gazette

The Sluggers, based out of Wichita, had played last season at Newman and at Tabor College the season before but are moving into Butler county this season.

The Wichita Sluggers will rename as the Rose Hill Sluggers and play their 2020 season at Rose Hill High School and try to compete for a berth in the NBC World Series.

It was not decided until Monday, June 8 if the Sluggers would play at Rose Hill with other options, such as Clearwater on the table if the school had chosen to not let the Sluggers play at the high school but the school prevailed, letting the season take place.

The Sluggers are scheduled to play the Derby Twins on Monday, June 15 for their season opener at 7 p.m. at Rose Hill High School. The two teams will play four times in the opening series, with each team hosting two games.

Throughout the season, there will be games play at Wichita State’s Eck Stadium, giving each team a chance to showcase at the big stadium. The Sluggers are scheduled to play their four times this season, with the first coming on Tuesday, June 23 against the Great Bend Bat Cats.

The Sluggers are scheduled to play 18 games at Rose Hill, four at Eck and 13 away from metro area. One game will be played in West Wichita, as it meets Great Bend halfway.

They will also play four non-conference games, with three of those coming June 25, 26, and 28. All games will be played at Rose Hill.

The Sluggers are coming off a 17-20 last season and were 14-15 in 2018. They had a stretch of three straight trips to the NBC World Series from 2014-16.

1ST BASE

NAME POSITION SCHOOL

JOSH JONES 1B TABOR

JACKSON DIETLE P|1B SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE

JENNER STEELE 1B HUTCHINSON CC

GARRETT KOCIS 1B WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

CATCHER

NAME POSITION SCHOOL

ROSS CADENA C WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

ERIC WILLIAMS C SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE

TJ ENGLISH C TABOR

ZACH BAXLEY C|P SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE

INFIELD

NAME POSITION SCHOOL

MASON HARTMAN INF PITTSBURG STATE

ADAM THEIS INF SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE

COLETON BERTUS INF UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

MATT JOHNSON INF TABOR

BRETT WESTERMAN OF|INF FRIENDS UNIVERSITY

EASTEN JAMES P|INF EASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE

OUTFIELD

NAME POSITION SCHOOL

JERIMAH CEASAR OF HUTCHINSON CC

COLE FRANK P|OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

TANNER LESLIE P|OF BUTLER CC

BRETT WESTERMAN OF|INF FRIENDS UNIVERSITY

KELSEY WEEMS OF TABOR

WILL REETZ OF HUTCHINSON CC

BRIAN SKILLMAN P|OF HUTCHINSON CC

HUNTER GIBSON OF WICHITA STATE

MATT HANSON P|OF CAÑADA COLLEGE

PITCHERS

NAME POSITION SCHOOL

RYAN LUMPKIN P UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI

CADE FENTON P HUTCHINSON CC

GRANT ADLER P COWLEY COLLEGE

DARRICK WATTS P TABOR

DANTE NELSON P TABOR

JOSH MITCHELL P HUTCHINSON CC

OWEN LOGAN P UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

TANNER OLMSTED P SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE

JESSE PEOPLE P COFFEYVILLE CC

THOMAS McNABB P UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

ETHAN PETERSON P HUTCHINSON CC

JAKE BROWN P HUTCHINSON CC

ZACH MOORE P UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

BLAKE ROBINSON P FRIENDS UNIVERSITY

They are coached by Jacob Jones, an assistant coach at Tabor College and they are managed by Mark Standiford, who is the head coach for Tabor Baseball.