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Sliders leaving Slippery Rock for Ohio

October 31, 2013 News Extra

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Butler County will only have one Prospect League team next season.

Mike and Laura Bencic, who have owned a controlling interest in the Slippery Rock Sliders since the franchise’s inception in 2009, have sold the organization.

Prospect League commissioner Dave Chase confirmed the sale Wednesday night.

“The Sliders were sold and will play in Springfield (Ohio) as the Champion City Kings,” Chase wrote in an e-mail.

Mike Bencic could not be reached for comment.

The Sliders had struggled on the field and in drawing fans during their time in Slippery Rock, posting a 117-165 record in five years in the league. Slippery Rock did make the playoffs in 2011.

The club was near the bottom in league attendance, according to figures on the Prospect League website. In 139 home games, the Sliders average attendance was 268 at Critchfield Park at Slippery Rock University.

Bencic said in a 2011 interview with the Butler Eagle: “I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s up to the community whether this stays here or not.

“If we could average 500, we’d be here forever. If we get 95s and 150s, it makes it harder to make a go.”

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