110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Florida League champions return for fifth season
posted May 29, 2013 - 5:32:27pm
The DeLand Suns will once again call Conrad Park home for the summer. The Suns are one of six teams in the Florida League, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit wooden-bat baseball league that provides high-level competition in a family-friendly atmosphere. One of only 10 leagues in the country that is partially funded by Major League Baseball, the Florida League brings in college-baseball players from all over the country to compete in Central Florida. The Suns won their first championship last year, and look to do so again in 2013.
Rick Hall returns as head coach for the Suns for the fourth-consecutive summer. Hall is a local legend, having spent nearly two decades as a player and coach at Stetson and Daytona State College. Under his guidance, the Suns have made the playoffs every year he has coached in the Florida League. He led the Suns to their first-ever championship last season as a No. 3 seed.
The Suns have a handful of players from the championship squad returning to play again in 2013. Offensively, they will be led by Kevin Lindheim, a First Team All-Conference selection and Gold Glove winner from Embry-Riddle. He led his team in most offensive categories as well as a berth in the NAIA World Series. Erik Lunde (Lander), Brent Nelson (Valdosta State), Jake Pequignot (Stetson) and Randy Boza (Seminole State) are also coming back to play for the Suns.
Some new faces will bring plenty of talent as well. Pitcher Deshorn Lake from East Carolina is a former 12th round pick of the Boston Red Sox. Corey Linn, an outfielder from No. 11 (JUCO) Cowley County CC, will bring a powerful bat to the lineup. Dakota Shadoan, a catcher from Hutchinson CC (OK), led his team with eight home runs this season.
The Suns play their home games at Conrad Park, home of the Stetson Hatters, at 555 S. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. Their home-opener will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, against the Sanford River Rats. There will be live music, giveaways and Yuengling beer specials all night long!
For more information on the Suns, visit www.floridaleague.com or email General Manager Neil Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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