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Published On: May 9th, 2019

Eau Claire, Wis. – The Eau Claire Express announced the addition of five more players to their 2019 roster Thursday.

Nick Marinconz INF 5’10” 170 H-Sr San Jose, CA Cal Poly Commit

Stop us if this sounds familiar. Marinconz is set to join the Express, fresh from his high school graduation, prior to joining Cal Poly in the fall as an incoming freshman. No, we are not thinking about Kyle Marinconz, who played for the Express from 2015-2017, we are talking about his younger brother, Nick Marinconz. Nick, a senior at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and four-year varsity player, will follow a similar path that his brother Kyle took, and join the Express before his freshman year of college. As a junior, Nick hit .318 with seven doubles and 17 RBIs, helping the Warriors to 29-3-1 record and a Central Coast Section Open Division championship and is once again lighting things up in his senior season.

Nick Herold  P 6’3” 200 So. Coon Rapids, MN Winona State

Nick Herold represents the only Winona State Warrior on Eau Claire’s 2019 roster. The Coon Rapids, Minnesota native has been used primarily out of the bullpen in his first two collegiate seasons, making 27 appearances with one start. Recently, Herold has been extending his outings, pitching three innings or more in his last two games. In 2019, Herold holds a 2-1 record with a 2.92 ERA and has a WHIP of .95 with 37 strikeouts.

Nick Alvarado P 6’7” 230 Jr. Grand Valley, MO Illinois-Springfield

A DI transfer from Illinois State, Alvarado has been hitting his stride with the Prairie Stars in Springfield, Illinois. In his first season with UIS in 2018, Alvarado held a 2-0 record with a 4.32 ERA, and kept opponents to a .150 average. This spring, Alvarado has appeared primarily in relief, has appeared in 16 games, and leads the Prairie Stars with four saves, where he has struck out 24 batters.

Rece Finck P 6’0” 205 Fr. Hopedale, IL Illinois-Springfield

A freshman for the Prairie Stars, Rece Finck has yet to make his collegiate debut in Springfield. Finck, an Olympia High School graduate, was a two-time All-Corn Belt Conference award recipient, taking home Second-Team honors as a senior. He led Olympia to an Illinois High School Association 2A regional title and struck out 52 batters in 45 innings with a 1.21 whip in 2018.

Noah Denoyer P 6’5” 225 So. Tracy, CA San Joaquin Delta

Denoyer stands to be a towering figure on the mound this season for the Express. The 6’5”, 225-pound hurler has made 12 appearances for San Joaquin Delta this season, starting four from the bump, and holds a record of 4-0 with two saves. Denoyer has tossed 36.1 innings and has amassed 37 strikeouts with a 3.99 ERA for a Delta squad that has won 35 games this season.

Single-game tickets are now on sale for Express games this summer. Head on down to our offices or call us at 715-839-7788 to take in the fun all season long.


The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate 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 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.