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                                                                                                                          2017 Season

May 28 ‪  Golden Giants baseball returns with rookie manager Connor Crimmins‬ 

May 30 ‪  Topeka Golden Giants open against high school all-star team‬
http://cjonline.com/.../topeka-golden-giants-open-against-high-school-all-star-team ‪

May 31  Centennial All-Stars knock off Golden Giants
‬ http://cjonline.com/sports/2017.../centennial-all-stars-knock-golden-giants
TV:
http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Centennial-League-All-Stars-beat-Golden-Giants-3-2-425431014.html

June 1   ‪Topeka Golden Giants top Sabetha in Mid-Plains League opener ‬
http://cjonline.com/.../topeka-golden-giants-top-sabetha-mid-plains-league-opener
TV:  
http://ksnt.com/2017/06/01/brigade-golden-giants-begin-mid-plains-season-with-wins/

June 5
TV: http://ksnt.com/2017/06/05/golden-giants-drop-series-opener-to-midwest-as/  

June 7
TV:
Rookie manager Connor Crimmins poised to lead Golden Giants  
 http://ksnt.com/2017/06/07/rookie-manager-connor-crimmins-poised-to-lead- golden-giants/

June 8  Rossville Game 1 ‪     Owen, Golden Giants pound Rattlers, 17-6 
‬ http://cjonline.com/sports/2017.../owen-golden-giants-pound-rattlers-17-6

June 9  Rossville Game 2 ‪     Waterbury homers twice to power Golden Giants past Rattlers ‬ 
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-06-09/waterbury-homers-twice-power-golden-giants-past-rattlers#
TV:
Golden Giants power past Rattlers for Friday night win http://ksnt.com/2017/06/09/golden-giants-power-past-rattlers-for-friday-night-win/

June 10  Rossville Game 3    Giants lose to Rossville 6 - 3
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-06-10/skoro-hurls-rattlers-6-3-win-over-golden-giants

June 16  

TV:
http://ksnt.com/2017/06/16/golden-giants-take-down-brigade-tie-for-first-place/

June 26
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-06-26/golden-giants-blank-monarchs-5-0


JUNE 27 -press release
CONGRATS to our 2017 Mid Plains League All Stars:
2017 Mid Plains All Star game and Home Run derby is this Sunday July 2nd at beautiful Somerset Park inn Sabetha, Kansas Events begin with the home run derby at 5pm. The Golden Giants will send Quinn WATERBURY as our Home Run Derby representative. Quinn from Fort Scott CC and Prosper Texas leads the Giants with 3 home runs. A "Honorary Captain" has been selected for the 2017 Mid Plains All Star game. This is a player that has been on the Golden Giants for four/five seasons. This reward recognizes his longevity and loyalty (and convenience) of playing on the Golden Giants and in the Mid Plains League. Jonathan MARIANI, from Fort Hays State and Topeka’s very own -is the 2017 Honorary Captain. The Mid Plains League All Star Game is slated for a first pitch of 6:30pm. Topeka Golden Giants players selected are: Erik WEBB, an outfielder from University of Central Missouri. His hometown is Saint Peters Missouri. Erik is hitting .368 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homeruns & 22 rbi. Jaxon PASSINO, is hitting .362 to go with his .500 on base percentage. Jaxxon is a K-State Wildcat, hailing from Ballwin, Missouri.   Also representing the University of Central Missouri is Catcher, Cole HOOVER, A Salina Kansas product, Cole has a .508 slugging percentage To go with his 323 batting average. Brett Owen, from Blanchard Oklahoma is a versatile middle infielder from Kansas State. Hitting .333, Brett has 22 runs scored and 8 stolen bases. Topeka’s Zachary EBERT, a quick working pitcher, has a record of 4 wins and no losses. A Johnson Community college recruit, He Leads the Giants with 9 – 1,2,3 innings. NIck SLOAN, a  RHP from Fort Scott CC, a Paola Kansas native has an ERA hovering around 1.0 and leads the team with a strikeout for every inning pitched. Gavin GREENWOOD from Lawrence, Kansas and a Saint Mary’s University recruit, has a 1.67 ERA and averages less than 13 pitches per inning. Mitch GLESSNER, the radio voice of the Giants will be calling the events live from Sabetha. Click on the icon located on the front page of the Golden Giants website to follow the play by play. Congrats to All of our 2017 Mid Plains All Star selections.

July 5
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-07-05/golden-giants-score-walk-win-over-rattlers
TV
http://ksnt.com/2017/07/05/mpl-back-in-action-giants-beat-rattlers/
In first action since All-Star break, the @TopekaGiants edge out the Rattlers. 
(VIDEO) wp.me/p4yR7n-1hpm

July 6
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-07-06/rattlers-strike-late-9-8-win-over-golden-giants
TV
http://ksnt.com/2017/07/06/rattlers-edge-golden-giants-sets-up-rubber-game-on-friday/
http://www.wibw.com/content/sports/Rattlers-hold-off-Golden-Giants-winning-9-8-433030543.html

July 7
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-07-07/golden-giants-beat-rattlers-2-1-ninth-inning-run
TV
http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Golden-Giants-win-series-over-Rattlers-with-walk-off-hit-by-pitch-433226873.html

July 14
http://www.kstatesports.com/news/maxson-owen-named-high-school-all-americans-07-12-2017

http://cjonline.com/sports/highschools/2017-07-13/washburn-rural-s-zachary-ebert-awarded-shawnee-county-baseball-hall

July 17
TV

July 18

July 20
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-07-20/golden-giants-win-opener-mpl-championship-series
TV
https://twitter.com/wibwChrisLilly
http://ksnt.com/2017/07/20/golden-giants-beat-brigade-in-game-1-of-cowdin-cup-finals/

July 21
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-07-21/golden-giants-fall-junction-city-even-cowdin-cup-series
TV
http://www.wibw.com/content/sports/Junction-City-Brigade-comes-back-to-beat-Golden-Giants-to-force-game-three-435948773.html

July 22
http://cjonline.com/sports/2017-07-22/topeka-golden-giants-win-cowdin-cup-championship
TV
http://www.wibw.com/content/sports/Golden-Giants-win-Cowdin-Cup-in-five-inning-game-436084463.html


2016

Former Head Coach of Topeka Golden Giants & Topeka Senators #13 CHRIS GRAVES (2014 - 2016) Field Manager/ Head Coach

Coach Graves Retires from Organization to spend time with young family

Thanks for everything you have done for us Chris!

2008-2009- Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma- #1 NAIA Conference in the nation

2009- Kansas City T-Bones, Kansas City, Kansas-Professional Ball Club

Completed his third year as skipper of one of our Topeka Baseball Club teams (1st year as Golden Giants Manager), Chris is committed to his players success on all levels. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Giants players this summer.

His successful playing career has been influenced by many Coaches and he will bring a combination of strengths from their expertise. Included in that stable of great coaches are; Valis McClean- Coach McClean is the NJCAA Hall of Fame. He has collected over 100 victories. Scott Camien- Coach Camien played baseball at Allen County and Arkansas State. He was drafted as a catcher and has coached at several nationally ranked junior colleges. Ron Bradley- Coach Bradley won 4 state titles at 2 different high schools in Oklahoma before coaching at the college level. He was named 2009 Oklahoma College Baseball Coach of the Year. Ryan Brittle- Coach Brittle played for Virginia Tech and then coached there for 7 years. He is currently coaching at Rogers State University, who finished 2 nd in the NAIA College World Series in ’12. Jimmy Rogers-Coach Rogers is currently one of the pitching coaches for Rogers State. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and played in the major league for 2 years. Rick-Dehart- Coach Dehart was the pitching coach for the Kansas City T-Bones. He played major league baseball for the Kansas City Royals

Other coaches that have influenced Chris and his love for the game: Mick Keller and Scott Graves.

Chris’ Philosophy: The main objective is to get all the young men to buy into the same system, which for me is a “team”.

The definition of a team: “A team is a small number of people with complimentary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and an approach for which they can be mutually accountable.”



RADIO INTERNET GAMEDAY BROADCAST REPLAYS: www.mixlr.com/mitch_gless17

The Mid-Plains League is proud to announce the League Awards for the 2016 Season.
The awards are voted on by the member teams in the league. We congratulate all who were nominated and those who won this year's awards.

The Conner Taylor Mid-Plains League Pitcher of the Year
Chris McPherson - Topeka Golden Giants (Allen County Community College)
This Award was recently named after Conner Taylor, former player for the Baldwin City Blues who lost his life this past February. The Mid-Plains League honors Conner's life by naming this award after him.







JUNE 29, 2016


JUNE 10, 2016

JUNE 4, 2016
http://ksnt.com/2016/06/04/golden-giants-take-rubber-game-against-lobos/

JUNE 3,2016
http://ksnt.com/2016/06/03/topeka-golden-giants-beat-sabetha-lobos-even-series/

JUNE 2, 2016
http://cjonline.com/sports/2016-06-02/sabetha-lobos-win-debut-game-over-topeka-golden-giants

MAY 31, 2016
http://cjonline.com/sports/2016-05-31/golden-giants-open-season-8-5-exhibition-victory

MAY 30, 2016:
http://cjonline.com/sports/2016-05-30/topeka-golden-giants-open-against-high-school-all-star-team


MAY 21, 2016:

http://cjonline.com/sports/2016-05-21/mid-plains-league-grows-eight-teams-third-season






Thanks for the memories!





Coach Becker



Coach Tetuan



A Huge shout-out to our 2015 Host Families

Becker Family (3 players), Cook Family (2 players),
Crimmins Family (2 players), Daniels Family (1 player), Edwards Family (1 player),
Graves


Press Release
TOPEKA, KANSAS -
We are pleased to announce the second season (2015) of a brand new summer collegiate baseball league for the summer .
The Mid-Plains League (www.MidPlainsLeague.com)
Entering year two, we will open play in late May with seven member teams located in Northeast Kansas and Western Missouri.

The League will be made up of the
Topeka Golden Giants (Topeka, Kansas), Rossville Rattlers (Rossville, Kansas),
Junction City Brigade (Junction City, Kansas), Topeka Senators (Topeka, Kansas),
Midwest Athletics (Peculiar, Missouri) and Baldwin City Blues (Baldwin City, Kansas)
and Liberty Monarchs (Liberty, Missouri).
The League's first commissioner will be David Streeter, who is the General Manager for the Rossville Rattlers. Streeter brings multiple years of experience in summer collegiate baseball to the table. Streeter previously helped run the Topeka Golden Giants in 2010 and for the past two seasons has run the Rossville Rattlers.
"This league is all about player development. We are here to provide a quality experience for players of all skill levels," Streeter said. "Our membership is based off like-minded principals which we believe will ensure the league's growth and help promote the sport of summer collegiate baseball for seasons to come."
The Mid-Plains League will feature a 30-game regular season schedule, beginning on May 27 th and culminating on July 18th . There will be a post season league tournament called the Summer Classic that will take place from July 19th and end with the league championship on July 26th .
The Mid-Plains League is also working on an All-Star Game on July 6th , that will pit the MPL All-Stars versus the Peurto Rican Collegiate All Star team.
"We are excited about our brand of Summer Collegiate Baseball and look forward to promoting our product within the region," said Streeter. "Not only is the baseball very good, but the experience is family friendly and the most affordable entertainment option during the summer. There will be some great rivalries that develop and some existing rivalries that will blossom even more."
Follow the Mid-Plains League on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ MPLbaseball
Visit our website: www.midplainsleague.com
League Membership -
Topeka Golden Giants (Last Season 33-16): Founded in 2005, the Golden Giants have been a success for nearly 10 seasons. They were a two-time regular season champion of the Walter Johnson League (2012 & 2013), Walter Johnson League Champions (2012) and have participated in the National Baseball Congress World Series 2-times (2011 & 2012). The Golden Giants have also won the Summer Classic tournament on two occasions (2010 & 2013). In 9 seasons of play the Golden Giants have moved on countless players into the professional ranks. The Giants play their home games at Jerry Robertson Field in Topeka.
Rossville Rattlers (Last Season 20-16): Founded in 2012, the Rattlers have quickly become a successful summer collegiate team. In their first season, the Rattlers finished second in the 2012 National Baseball Congress Under-19 National Championship. After an offseason of hard work, the team came back and claimed the Under-19 National Championship in the summer of 2013. Bringing home a National Title to a town of about 1,200 residents is no small feat, now they set their sites on a whole new challenge. The Rattlers play their home games at Joe Campbell Memorial Stadium in Rossville.
Junction City Brigade (Last Season 21-13): Founded in 2013, the Brigade stormed out of the gates and quickly rekindled a passionate fan base. After being without Summer Collegiate baseball for two summers, a local group set out to bring back the game they loved to Junction City. The Brigade had a very successful 2013 season and look to build on that success in the Mid-Plains League in 2014. The Brigade call historic Rathert Stadium their home. Complete with covered grandstands and a spacious beer garden, Rathert Stadium is perfect spot to watch Summer Collegiate Baseball.
Midwest Athletics (Last Season 23-14): Founded in 2010, the Athletics are a talented squad who played previously in the Ban Johnson League. Legend has it in the 1960's, Kansas City Athletics owner Charlie O. Finley once toured Peculiar, Missouri looking for a spot to build his own ballpark for the A's. Almost 50-years later, Peculiar will have a team called the Athletics to call their own. The A's originally started as a 15U showcase team from South Kansas City Metro area. They have had a core group of kids stay with the team as each year and have moved up in levels of competition. The A's will play their home games at Raymore-Peculiar High School's baseball field.
Baldwin City Blues (Last Season 25-8): Founded in 2000, the Blues have been a successful team previously playing in the Ban Johnson League. The team started as a local youth team and has three original members still on the squad after all these years. The Blues have won multiple youth World Series and the 2012 Ban Johnson League title. Previously known as the Kansas City Sports Club Blues, the team has shifted it's operation to the town of Baldwin City. The Blues will play their games at Sauder Field, home of the Baker University Wildcats.
Topeka Senators: Founded in 2013, the Senators are a brand new team entering their second year this summer. The Senators have the same ownership as the Golden Giants and will be an instant contender in the Mid-Plains League . The Senators moniker is nothing new for the town of Topeka. Previously, the "Senators" played professional baseball in the Western Association in 1924, the Southwestern League from 1925-1926 and the Western League from 1930-1931 & 1933-1934. They were affiliated with the St. Louis Browns in 1930 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1933-1934. The Senators claimed the Western Association title in 1925. The Senators will share Jerry Robertson Field with the Topeka Golden Giants.

Liberty Monarchs:



MID PLAINS LEAGUE 2015 ALL STARS

Congrats to RYAN IHLE , of Fernie Grove, Australia (Columbus State, GA ),
Congrats BEN DALKE, of Castle Rock, Colorado (Colby CC, KS),
Congrats to RILEY KRANE, of Evergreen, Colorado (Washburn Univ., KS)
for their selection to thee MID PLAINS LEAGUE ALL STARS.

Ryan Ihle SS #17 BA .310 55 AB 2HR 8SB , RHP 1-0 1.40 20k's In 19 innings.
" Ry an is the leader of our team and plays hard everyday. I don't know if there is a more valuable Player is our league. He is solid defensively, swings the bat well and is a quality arm out of the pen". Coach Tetuan & Coach Becker.

Ben Dalke #38 1B/3B BA .400 3d oubles 2 triples.
" Ben is also a two way guy for us and swings the bat very well and is very agile and can play 1st or 3rd.
One of our better arms out of the pen ". Coach Tetuan & Coach Becker

Riley Krane #3 MI/3B BA .351 OBP .422 12 rbis 15 RS. 5 SB.
" Riley is the dirt bag baseball player everyone wants. Very competitive and always has quality ABs.
Hits anywhere in the lineup successfully " Coach Tetuan & Coach Becker.

The All Star game is in Junction City at Rathert Stadium on Sunday, July 5th
versus the Puerto Rico Collegiate team
First Pitch @ 7pm


2015

MAY

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-05-23/mid-plains-league-set-second-summer-baseball-season

JUNE

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-06-01/small-ball-fuels-senators-win-over-golden-giants

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-06-03/six-run-first-propels-senators-past-golden-giants

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-06-04/jacob-tetuan-hurls-golden-giants-past-senators

http://ksnt.com/2015/06/05/rattlers-top-as-senators-brigade-split-doubleheader/

http://cjonline.com/blog-post/jeremy-deckard/2015-06-15/australian-baseball-exports-ihle-brothers-suit-golden-giants

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-06-20/senators-power-down-rattlers

JULY

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-07-01/mid-plains-league-announces-all-star-roster

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-07-09/golden-giants-down-senators-8-6-extra-inning-affair ?

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-07-12/senators-golden-giants-split-double-header-season-series

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-07-14/scrimsher-delivers-rattlers-past-senators

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-07-16/golden-giants-weather-early-storm-end-rattlers-winning-streak

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-07-17/golden-giants-come-big-late-shake-rattlers-6-2

http://cjonline.com/sports/2015-07-18/golden-giants-sweep-rattlers-late-rally

http://ksnt.com/2015/07/20/mid-plains-league-playoffs-begin-g-g-split-dh-rattlers-win/

ALUMNI

2014 GOLDEN GIANTS GAME REVIEWS


(LEAGUE GAMES BEGIN)
vs. Junction City Brigade



vs. Senators


vs.

vs.

vs Baldwin City Blues


vs Senators


vs. Baldwin City Blues:



vs. Rossville Rattlers



vs. KC Monarchs
GAME 28

vs. Midwest A's

vs. Rossville Rattlers
GAME 33
GAME 34

OTHER NEWS

Mid Plains League
CONGRATULATIONS to the following players for their selection in the Mid Plains League All Star Game
at historic Rathert Stadium in Junction City, Kansas
representing the Topeka Golden Giants:
Connor Crimmins, Butch Rea, Jacob Tetuan & Ty Geary
representing the Topeka Senators:
Ryan Colombo, Chase Knott, Grant Arnold & Dylan Michaels

Schedule of events begin @ 4pm. GAME TIME @ 7pm





Washburn University players honor Coach Anson with a moment of silence before Senator & Giants game tonight.

Steve Anson, Head Baseball Coach at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas passed away Sunday in an accident at home.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dena Anson and the Anson family. C oach Anson has been instrumental in our success.
Steve has placed current and former Ichabod players in our program. We are saddened to lose such a great man.

A special event in remembrance of Steve Anson will take place beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, June 30
at Falley Field on the Washburn University campus. Everyone is welcome to come to honor Steve's memory through conversation and socialization.



2014 ALL LEAGUE SELECTIONS:
Pitcher Ty Geary, Pitcher Conner Murray,
Outfielder Connor Crimmins, Infielder Ryan Ihle
and League MVP Barrett Noirfalise

NEWS: Bryan Kloppe has signed a professional contract
with the Edinburg Roadrunners


2013 GAME REVIEWS & HIGHLIGHTS













GAME # 17 RAINED OUT

















GAME # 42









2013 NEWS and UPDATES
U.S. MILITARY ALL STAR GAME
U.S. MILITARY ALL STAR GAME A GREAT SUCCESS!
Thank You to All of the fans
that honored those that protect this great country.

If you missed the presentation of the ground zero flag to Mr. "Z".
you definitely missed the most patriotic event to come to Topeka.
The military salute was spectacular.
Good Luck & God Bless to the U.S. team as they travel the country!
ALL-STAR GALA
Topeka Golden Giants host the U.S. Military All-Stars
as part of the Patriotic "Red, White, and Blue tour"
during the "Spirit of Kansas" activities at Lake Shawnee

Click for more info
On FRIDAY, JULY 5th, as part of the "Spirit of Kansas" events at Lake Shawnee
The U.S. Military All-Star "RED, WHITE, and BLUE" Patriotic Tour featuring the only "Joint" Armed Forces and First Responders will play our very own Topeka Golden Giants.
Established at the request of President George H.W. Bush in 1990, they have earned the reputation as the "Globetrotters of Baseball" performing in 45 states and 12 countries.
www.usmiltaryallstars.us
Events begin @ 6:30pm.



SUMMER CLASSIC
Click for more info
A three team round robin crosstown tourney will be held from July 10th - July 15th,
featuring I-70 foes - Rossville Rattlers and Junction City Brigade.
Each team will play a home and away game against each other & the best overall record
will be awarded summer collegiate bragging rights along the I-70 corridor .


Wednesday July 10th, 2013 Junction City Brigade (11) @ Rossville Rattlers (5) 7:00 PM

Thursday
July 11th, 2013 Topeka Golden Giants (8) @ Rossville Rattlers (9) 7:00 PM

Friday
July 12th, 2013 Junction City Brigade (5) @ Topeka Golden Giants (7) 7:00 PM

Saturday
July 13th, 2013 Rossville Rattlers (1) @ Topeka Golden Giants (6) 7:00 PM

Sunday
July 14th, 2013 Topeka Golden Giants (7) @ Junction City Brigade (5) 7:00 PM
Monday July 15th, 2013
Rossville Rattlers (5)
@
Junction City Brigade (4)

7:00 PM




2012 NEWS & UPDATES

THANKS FOR A GREAT 2012 SEASON to ALL of OUR TOPEKA GOLDEN GIANTS Players

Golden Giants a success on, off field


the NBC WORLD SERIES in Wichita, Kansas Saturday, July 28 – Saturday, August, 11


Congrats to the Walter Johnson post season ALL LEAGUE selections:
outfielder Connor McCrite, first baseman Hunter Johnson,
shortstop Eric Cheray and pitcher Kyle Burkhardt along with coach of the year John Tetuan.

McCrite a big hit for Golden Giants


CONGRATS to the following players who will represent your Topeka Golden Giants in the
Walter Johnson League All Star Game on Sunday July 8th.

Kyle Burkhardt, Eric Cheray, Hunter Johnson, Bryan Kloppe,
Dusty Maas, Connor McCrite, Drew Mobley


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR COLLEGE INTERNS
JERRICA & HAYLEE & KATE & SHANO
for their OUTSTANDING DEDICATION & HARDWORK!


THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY HOME GAMES
BROADCAST LIVE ON KMAJ 1440 AM - pregame @ 6:30pm


TOPEKA GOLDEN GIANTS COACHES SHOW on KMAJ 1440 AM
Broadcast Live from Skinny's Bar & Grill, The Shack, or The Dutch Goose



Proud Host of the Walter Johnson Baseball League
Inaugural ALL-STAR GALA
Sunday July, 8th
events begin @ Noon



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