2012 Florida League 6 in 6
Over the course of six days, the Florida League will take an in-depth look at all six of the league's teams. Now on our fifth team, the DeLand Suns, "six in six" will take a look at key aspects of each team, including the top returning players to the Florida League, key players on each team and a look at each of the top-tier facilities each team will call home. The Florida League "six in six" is your hot spot for all the important information on all six of our teams.
Head Coach: Rick Hall
(3rd season, Overall Record: 34-46)
2011 Record: 23-17
General Manager: Joe Lewandoski (1st season)
2011 Returning Players:
· Austen Barber: Junior, C (Winthrop)
· Jeffrey Lemon: Senior, 3B (Embry-Riddle)
· Angelo Amendolare: Freshman, MIF (Seminole State)
· Mike Small: Sophomore, MIF (Richmond)
· Brett Mueller: Sophomore, LHP (Rollins)
· Reily Monkman: Freshman, RHP (Seminole State)
The Suns finished the 2011 FCSL season on a roll, winning their final five games of the regular season. However, this is a brand new DeLand team. With only one returning player, the Suns will look to some fresh faces to provide success for the 2012 season. Jeffrey Lemon, senior 3B from Embry-Riddle, could provide a spark. Lemon has hit .372 thus far in the Eagles adding 25 runs scored and 24 RBI. Angelo Amendolare, freshman MIF out of Seminole State, has also claimed a successful season. Amendolare finished his collegiate season with a .288 batting average, with 22 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. Mike Small, sophomore MIF from Richmond adds another hot bat. Small hit .298 with 16 RBI for the Spiders this spring. On the mound for the Suns will be several pitchers who have had strong springs, as well. Sophomore lefty Brett Mueller has totaled a 6-2 record thus far for Rollins en route to a 2.61 ERA to go with 36 strike outs. Seminole State freshman right-hander Reily Monkman could play a key role as well. Monkman has seen action in 27.2 innings this spring, gathering 25 Ks compared to just 11 walks. The Suns will find success this season if they are able to gel quickly among all the new faces in the dugout.
Melching Field at Conrad Park: Home of the Suns.
One of the most picturesque, fan-friendly stadiums in the nation, Melching Field at Conrad Park enters its fourth season as the home of the DeLand Suns. Melching Field features permanent seating for 2,500 spectators with grass berms holding approximately 500 additional fans.
A full-service concessions area greets visitors upon their entrance to the park on Woodland Boulevard. The stadium is completely handicapped accessible and features excellent sight lines from anywhere in the grandstand.
The high-tech scoreboard is located in left field and is equipped with a message center board and graphics. The stadium is outfitted with a $150,000 sound system.
June 8th – Opening Night
Chamber of Commerce mixer 5-7 p.m.
June 9th– Little League Night
Free entry for players in uniform.
June 12th– Taste of Main Street DeLand
Come sample food from Main Street.
June 16th – Pink at the Park
Proceeds to Support Susan G. Komen Foundation
July 3rd– Fireworks Night
Fireworks following game.
July 4th – Military Appreciation
Free Entry for Military/Veterans.
Proceeds to Support Operation Giveback.
July 29th – Bark at the Park
Proceeds to Support Banfield Charitable Trust.
August 1st– Fan Appreciation Night
$1 Yeungling Beers
Every Wednesday Home Game - $1 Hotdogs & $1 Kayem Hotdogs
Every Thursday Home Game – Thirsty Thursday - $1 Yeungling Beers
DeLand Suns Social Media
The DeLand Suns can be found online on facebook and twitter. Conrad Park also provides you the opportunity to check in online via Foursquare. Click on the links below to follow the DeLand Suns online: