Opening Day is June 15!
Baseball is Back! The 2020 Newton Rebels will be competing this summer in the SCL for a chance at a championship! We are excited to get the season under way and w e can’t wait to have our players arrive in Newton!
The 2020 schedule will be released soon, as the league is still putting the finishing touches after the season start being delayed due to COVID-19.
General Manager, Mark ‘Carv’ Carvalho has been working hard to bring a successful team to compete in the Sunflower Collegiate League. Kevin Pouch, the Director of Operations, has been busy with the people and business’s in Newton to again have a fun and exciting sponsor nights ahead. There will be great entertainment for young and old.
The Rebels will have a new look to it with many first time players led by third Head Coach Brett Clark. Coach Clark will have a couple of ex-Rebels players as his assistants again in Jake Gibbs and Jordan Rousselle. Their experience of playing college baseball and being part of the Newton Rebels team that played in the 2015 NBC World Series and coached in last year’s 2018 World Series will be beneficial.
The roster has players from across the country including players from local colleges in Kansas. They will be representing the city and area of Newton and look forward to the support from the fans and families during our many home games.
In 2018, Coach Clark had an inexperienced team that grew together during the summer and played their best baseball at the end of the season in making it to the 2018 NBC World Series. The Rebels were led by pitcher Zach Bravo as an NBC All-American. Bravo will be back in 2020 for his 3rd season with the Rebels, and will look to continue his dominance on the mound.
In recent history, the 2015 the Newton Rebels were the surprise team in the NBC World Series with a top ten finish and were named the NBC World Series Offensive Team of the tournament. Three Rebel players were named to the NBC World Series All Tournament team that season–3B Joel Frias, SS Jason Jones and P Zack Skelton. The 2018 Rebels made the NBC World Series after catching fire in the league tournament. This team went 2-1 in the first week of the tournament.
For more information on the Rebels and the Sunflower Collegiate Baseball League, you can also visit www.sunflowerbaseball.com.
Games will be scored live throughout the summer. The best place for up-to-the minute updates on the Rebels is via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newtonrebels
As always, the Rebels are looking for boosters, host families and game night business sponsors. If you are interested in supporting the Newton Rebels in 2019, please contact us at email@example.com, Connie Vagner or Kevin Pouch.
The Newton Rebels were formed in 2000 by Carl Hodges, and have been a member of the Kansas Collegiate League since the team was formed. The team is comprised of current and former college players from across the nation. Each season, Rebels management aims to build a team that will qualify for the prestigious NBC World Series, which is played every August in Wichita, Kansas.
In 2008, the Rebels won their second consecutive Walter Johnson League title, and qualified for the NBC World Series for a fourth straight year. In 2009, the Rebels won the Walter Johnson North Division title, before falling to Valley Center two games to one in the WJL championship series, which featured three games, all decided by one run. In 2012 the Rebels earned a berth in the NBC World Series winning the first game and with the great fan support – the NBC Management selected the Rebels second game in the World Series to be the featured game of the day, it was a great honor for the team. In 2015 the Rebels were named the NBC Outstanding Offensive Team in the World Series and finishing with a 7th place run.
The young 2017 Rebels team had seven players nominated and played in the First Sunflower All-Star Game held in Hutchinson. In 2018 five Rebels were represented in the All-Star game.
As the 2020 season nears, the Rebels look to make a run for the league title and continue to build a reputation as one of the top amateur teams in the nation.
The Rebels play on Klein-Scott Field in Centennial Park in Newton. The physical address for Centennial Park is 1500 N. Kansas Avenue. Established in 1971, Centennial Park is the location for the majority of Newton’s baseball fields. Klein-Scott is one of the Walter Johnson Leagues best natural turf field. The park includes a concession stand and restrooms adjacent to Klein-Scott Field. The Field has been the site of many Legion Zone Tournaments, High School Regional Tournaments.
Visiting Teams are welcome to use the open shelter that is located within walking distance – in the circle drive east of the baseball with restrooms, barbeque grills, picnic tables, and two playground areas. The shelter can accommodate up to 32 people, and more tables and trash barrels can be provided upon request.
For questions regarding the shelter, please contact the Newton Park Department at 316-284-6083.