The Mandan roster is presented by Frontier Precision. The Flickertails are a Northwoods League (NWL) baseball team created just for the summer of 2020 to compete against the Bismarck Larks and Bismarck Bull Moose. The Larks’ front office runs the new Flickertails organization.
“The Flickertails will be housed in Mandan, fed in Mandan and will proudly represent the Mandan community,” John Bollinger, Larks general manager said. “Mandan fans can show their support by attending games with their family or business, cheer them on and wear the Mandan Flickertails logo proudly.”
The Flickertails roster was recruited and will be coached by the Thunder Bay Border Cats, a fellow NWL team. The Border Cats field manager Mike Steed will lead the Flickertails 30-man roster. There are 24 Division l players, five Division ll players and one NJCAA player on the roster.
“The Northwoods League continues to be a top development league,” Steed said, “and that will continue this summer as a majority of our roster will be playing in a very competitive and safe environment at the home of the Bismarck Larks.”
One of the highlights of this roster is the outfielder entering his sophomore year at Yavapai College, Damone Hale. Perfect Game ranked him the 64th overall player and 13th best outfielder in the country for the class of 2019. Prior to the shortened NJCAA season, Hale had three triples, eight walks and ten RBI in 19 games.
A familiar face in the NWL, Nico Tellache is returning for a second season. At the University of Oregon, the left-handed pitcher finished 4-1 and struck out 39 batters in 32.1 innings with a team-high six saves placing him in the top five in the Pac-12.
The Flickertails will begin the season on June 15 against the Bismarck Larks at 7:05 p.m. All games will be played at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark home of Dakota Community Bank & Trust Field. Fans are encouraged to sign up for the priority list to get first access to single game tickets. Learn more at larksbaseball.com.
Full Player list here:
Clark Candiotti – St. Marys (CA) University
Brain Craven – Davidson College
Jason DeCicco – Eastern Illinois University
John Farley – Eastern Kentucky University
Nick Hill – Nicholls State University
Connor Langreder – Northern Illinois University
Blake Petty – University of Alabama – Birmingham
Mason Philley – University of Arkansas – Monticello
Patrick Pridgen – University of Oregon
Lucas Reid – Nova Southeastern University
Ben Schoneman – Colorado School of Mines
Tyler Strechay – West Virginia University
Trysan Vrieling – Gonzaga University
John Wilson – Old Dominion University
David Wylie – Azusa Pacific University
Justin Zamora – West Texas A&M University
Adam Dapkewicz – Georgetown University
Cole Elvis – University of California – Berkeley
Collin Hopkins – Indiana University
Jake Hansen – University of Cincinnati
Sterling Hayes – Creighton University
Jackson Loftin – Sam Houston State University
Noah Matousek – Morehead State University
Ben Rushing – University of Central Florida
Cam Sibley – Northwestern State Louisiana
Jeff Elkins – Northwestern State Louisiana
Damone Hale – Yavapai College
Jack Krause – Bowling Green State University
Raheem Salmon – Stetson University
Jared Wegner – Creighton University
The Bismarck Larks are a proud affiliate of the Northwoods League, the proven leader in development of elite college baseball players. The Larks mission is to use FUN to make a difference in the lives of our families, businesses, players, and communities we serve. This is accomplished with a commitment to putting fans first and providing high quality family entertainment at affordable prices. In 2019, the Larks sold out 97% of all home game tickets at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, home of Dakota Community Bank and Trust Field. The Larks were named Northwoods Organization of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26thseason, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.