Local baseball teams to compete in 2013 Summer Classic

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COURTESY: Rossville Rattlers

ROSSVILLE, Kan. – The Rossville Rattlers would like to announce their participation in the 2013 Summer Classic. This will be a round-robin style wood bat baseball competition that will feature some of the area’s premier collegiate baseball players and teams.

Taking part in the Summer Classic are three local teams; the Topeka Golden Giants, Rossville Rattlers and Junction City Brigade.

From July 10th through July 15th, all three teams will play each other twice, once at home and once on the road. The team with the most wins at the conclusion of the schedule will be named the 2013 Summer Classic Champion.

2013 Summer Classic Schedule:

Day

Date

Away

Home

Time

Wednesday

July 10th, 2013

Junction City Brigade

Rossville Rattlers

7:00 PM

Thursday

July 11th, 2013

Topeka Golden Giants

Rossville Rattlers

7:00 PM

Friday 

July 12th, 2013

Junction City Brigade

Topeka Golden Giants

7:00 PM

Saturday

July 13th, 2013

Rossville Rattlers

Topeka Golden Giants

7:00 PM

Sunday

July 14th, 2013

Topeka Golden Giants

Junction City Brigade

7:00 PM

Monday

July 15th, 2013

Rossville Rattlers

Junction City Brigade

7:00 PM

The concept of having a tournament this summer was the idea of Topeka Golden Giants Managing Partner Bob Conlon. Conlon was looking for an event idea that would help showcase the area teams in a unique way.

“Bob came to us with the idea of having a tournament in July and I thought it was a great idea.” said Rattlers General Manager David Streeter. “This will be a great way to showcase our players and to have a friendly competition between the teams in this area.”

In 2010, both Streeter and Rattlers President/Manager Brett Cowdin came up with the Summer Classic while running the Topeka Golden Giants. The concept at that time was to have a national tournament featuring teams that you might not normally see in the area. The field included the Pueblo Collegians (Colorado), the Peekskill Tides (New York) and the Golden Giants split into two squads (Navy & White). The Golden Giants “White” went on to win the 2010 Summer Classic over the Golden Giants “Navy” squad, with Pueblo finishing third and Peekskill finishing in fourth.

For this incarnation of the Summer Classic all the teams are local and it will be easy for all fans to travel to all the games.

“Brett and I enjoyed the competition we created back in 2010, so when this idea was put forth, we were excited to buy into the concept,” Streeter said. “With the teams all being relatively close, it’s possible for fans to attend every game of the Classic and see some great baseball too.”

The Rattlers 2013 season swings into action on May 30th at home against the Midwest Bruins at 7:00 PM.

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