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Northwoods League Announces 2016 Schedule

 

Stingers open play May 31st at the Bee Hive

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Stingers are excited to announce that the 2016 season schedule has been announced by the Northwoods League office. The Northwoods League season will once again include a 36-game home schedule for each of the league’s 18 franchises. The Stingers open the season against the Duluth Huskies at 7:05 pm on Tuesday, May 31st to kickoff a four-game home stand to start the season.

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The Northwoods League, which plays two halves to determine playoff participants, will end the first half of play on July 5 with the second half beginning the following day. Last year’s newly adopted playoff format will continue in 2016. Beginning on August 15 the first and second half divisional champions will have home field advantage on the first day of the one-game elimination divisional playoffs. Their opponents will be determined by the two divisional teams remaining with the best overall records. The winners of those games will play against each other the following day in another one-game elimination division championship. Following an off-day the North and South Division Champions will then meet in a best-of-three series for the Summer Collegiate World Series from August 18-20.

As in years past, the Stingers will face two teams from the South Division in an interleague series. The Stingers will travel to Wisconsin in August and take on the Madison Mallards and to Rockford, IL to face the newest franchise in the Northwoods League. Rockford will visit Willmar July 30-31, while the Mallards head to the Beehive to close out the regular season on August 13-14.

The Stingers staff will continue to build the 2016 roster as the off-season continues. The team hopes to fill a 30-man roster before the start of the season which will begin in late May. For 2016 Season tickets or more information the Willmar Stingers, please call 320-222-2010 or visit www.willmarstingers.com.

The 2016 season is presented by Marcus Construction. “From start to finish we’ll make your job easier and build a facility you will be proud of.”

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The Willmar Stingers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.willmarstingers.com.