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Burroughs steps down as Edenton Steamers head coach

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From staff reports

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Russ Burroughs announced Wednesday that he will not return as head coach of the Edenton Steamers in 2020.

"This was an extremely hard decision to make, but I have decided to step down as the Head Coach of the Edenton Steamers," Burroughs said in a post on the social media platform Twitter. "I want to thank Frank and Georgia Burke for everything that they have done. They took a chance on me and believed in me."

Frank Burke was the owner of the Steamers during Burroughs' time with the Steamers.

Burroughs also thanked Edenton general manager Tyler Russell and the team's board of directors.

"To the great town of Edenton, I cannot thank you enough," Burroughs said. "You are my second home, you are my second family. You made me feel like family the first day I arrived 3 years ago. I will cherish every single thing that Edenton has to offer."

He joined the team in 2017 as the Steamers' pitching coach.

Burroughs, who has roots in Tennessee, completed his second season leading the Clams this summer.

Edenton finished the 2019 season with a 26-26 overall record in its final season in the Coastal Plain League.

The Edenton Steamers announced last week that it will play in the Tidewater Summer League in 2020.

Edenton previously was a member of the Coastal Plain League for 22 years.

MLB DEBUT

Former Edenton Steamers pitcher David Bednar made his Major League Baseball debut with the San Diego Padres Sept. 1.

Bednar, who pitched with the Steamers in their 2015 CPL Petitt Cup championship season, pitched a scoreless inning for the Padres in an 8-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Bednar was drafted in the 35th round of the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Padres out of Lafayette College.

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