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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • NCM Falcons End Season, Funds Needed for Future

  • The inaugural season of the North Central Missouri Falcons American Legion baseball team has come to an end. The team lost both of their district tournament games, to Trenton and Chillicothe, respectively. But it is the future of the program that may need local attention.
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  • The inaugural season of the North Central Missouri Falcons American Legion baseball team has come to an end. The team lost both of their district tournament games, to Trenton and Chillicothe, respectively. But it is the future of the program that may need local attention.
    While the program did not pick up many wins, the first season of the Falcons program is considered a success by manager Kenny Stark. “Regardless of our record, I consider the season a success,” said Stark.  “With some older players and experience at this level of play, we should be able to compete with any of the district teams in a year or two.”
    This past season, the Falcons played at the AAA level, which is reserved for players aged 19 and under. The Falcons had but one player who actually was restricted to this level. Many of the players on the team were well under that age limit.
    The team had two home games in Linn County, thanks to the Bucklin R-2 School District. The practice of rotating home fields to allow more people to see games closer to home is one that Stark plans to maintain in the future.
    “I intend to continue the practice of rotating home games to towns that are home to players on the team,” said Stark. “That was very well received by players, parents, spectators and hosting schools and organizations.”
    This will, of course, rely on some work getting done on local fields. “I’ll be working to get approval from the City of Brookfield for a couple of items,” said Stark.”We want to get either a permanent mound built at Rusk Park, or to purchase a portable mound suitable for our purposes.   That would facilitate a home game at Brookfield.”
    The North Central Missouri Falcons lived up to their regional moniker this past season, with many players from many different locations playing on the same team. “There were players from  eight different communities, seven of those from seven  towns other than Brookfield,” said Stark. “That demonstrates to me their willingness to travel to play the game of baseball. With some better recruiting, we can double the number of players from towns outside Brookfield.”
    Despite having a pair of open tryouts, no players from Marceline or Meadville took part in the formation of the team. Stark hopes to draw players from all over Linn County and North Missouri as the Falcons seek to field more than one team in the future.

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