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Taking baseball back

Garrett Short
Updated: June 25, 2020 10:43 PM
Created: June 25, 2020 10:13 PM

(ABC 6 News) - With legion baseball canceled due to COVID-19, local high schools are coming together to salvage baseball season.

When the Minnesota Department of Health announced that outdoor sports could practice at full strength and play games, St. Charles baseball Head Coach Scott McCready took the initiative. He has spoken with coaches in the area and has arranged for local teams to play one another.

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"There are a fair number of teams that aren't doing anything and that's fine. You have to do what's best for the community. We're just reaching out to towns in our area that want to play and somehow we'll coordinate a schedule of some sort. There won't be a league, there won't be playoffs per say, or anything like that, but we'll get a chance to play each other," McCready said.

A small group of schools including Hayfield, Stewartville and Plainview-Elgin-Millville among others are interested in playing. It won't be as big or as organized as legion baseball would be any other year, but its still baseball.

"Hodge-podge is a good way to put it. We're typically in the east, Hayfield is typically in the west. Well we'll probably play them this year because we're both going to have a team," McCready said.

One of the best parts of these teams coming together to play, seniors have a chance to get closure after their final seasons were canceled.

"I just want to have a good season, you know. Maybe be over .500 at the end. But I just want to be able to go out and have a lot of fun and just be with my friends," 2020 Hayfield graduate Jake Risius said.

"I'm glad to get out here, and even if it's a few games, I'd like to play some baseball and kind of celebrate all we've played over the years," 2020 St. Charles graduate William Smith said.

McCready is hoping for two age levels, 16U and 18U, and plans for games to start next week.


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