Terriers History

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Stark County Terriers History

The Stark County Terriers Baseball Club, founded by local businessman Dennis Biery, joined the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League in 1999. During its 13-year existence, the Terriers’ roster has been represented by college players from 42 different states and Canada. Our roster has been represented from 64 different colleges and universities. Since their inception, the Terriers had played their home games at Glen Oak High School Baseball Stadium, but in 2007 they moved to Walsh University.

Stark County recruits college baseball players from across the United States to be a part of the Terriers roster. Once a player has signed a contract, they are then assigned to a host family to live with during their stay in Stark County.  

Over the span of the last 11 years, the Terriers have qualified for the Great Lakes League post-season tournament from 2001 to 2005, 2008 and again in 2010. In 2001, the Terriers advance to the league championship game before losing to Northern Ohio. Four years later, the Terriers returned to the league championship game and defeated the Columbus All-Americans for the league title. In 2008, the Terriers establish a new team record for wins in a season with 26 wins. The 2010 Terriers finished the regular season with a 21-19 record to earn the fourth seed in the playoffs. The Terriers' exited the playoffs early after its attempt to overcome an early four run deficit came up short in a 7-6 loss to the Delaware Cows. 

Since 1999, Stark County has had 34 players drafted by Major League Baseball and 10 additional players sign contracts with Independent League baseball teams. 5 Terriers' players have played in the Major Leagues. Most recently, Percy Garner, with the Cleveland Indians.

The 2018 season marks the 18th season for the organization’s Canton Terriers, who now will be called the Stark County Terriers and play in the Tri-State Collegiate League. This team is made up of local Stark County collegiate players. The organization also sponsors an 18U, 16U and 14U Terriers baseball teams, which are comprised of local Stark County high school baseball players. The Terriers 18U & 16U teams will be members of the Diamond League and participate in six tournaments.

Both high school teams play their home games at Walsh University.