Slippery Rock Sliders
The Slippery Rock Sliders were a professional, and later collegiate summer baseball team based in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, in the United States. They were a member of the Frontier League and the East Division of the summer collegiate Prospect League.
|Slippery Rock Sliders|
|League||Prospect League (East Division)|
|Location||Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania|
|Ballpark||Jack Critchfield Park|
|Year founded||2007 (Frontier League), 2009 (Prospect League)|
|Former name(s)||Slippery Rock Sliders (2007, 2009-2013)|
|Former league(s)||Frontier League (2007)|
|Colors||Green, Silver, Black, White|
|Ownership||Slippery Rock Sports Group, LLC|
|Management||Mike Bencic (GM)|
|Media||Aaron Anderson (Web Broadcaster)|
The Sliders were formed for the 2007 season to ensure an even number of teams with the Frontier League's addition of the Southern Illinois Miners. The Sliders played a mere 32 home games at Jack Critchfield Park in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, with the remaining 64 played on the road. For the 2008 season, the Sliders became a traveling team, playing all of their games on the road under the geographical moniker, Midwest.
The Frontier League Sliders' became the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti for the 2009 season. That year they played at Eastern Michigan University's Oestrike Stadium located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 2010, the team was renamed the Oakland County Cruisers, and moved into the new Diamond at the Summit ballpark. The ballpark is a part of the Summit Place Mall complex.
When the summer-collegiate Prospect League was formed, Slippery Rock was announced as one of the franchise locations. Owner/GM Mike Bencic acquired the Sliders name & logo rights, bringing the ball team back in 2009.
Over the next five years the Sliders would form a small rivalry with fellow Butler County PL team the Butler BlueSox. The Sliders ceased operations in Slippery Rock at the end of the 2013 season. The franchise relocated to Springfield, Ohio and will be named the Champion City Kings.
|Slippery Rock Sliders (Frontier League)|
|2007||29-66||.305||4th in FL East|
|2008||Did Not Play|
|Slippery Rock Sliders (Prospect League)|
|2009||22-31||.415||5th in PL East|
|2010||21-33||.389||4th in PL East|
|2011||26-29||.472||3rd in PL East||2-1 L WV Miners|
|2012||20-40||.333||5th in PL East|
- "Eagles are wary of Army maneuvers". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- "Former Rock standout Chase Rowe named as Sliders manager". Retrieved 2015-08-21.