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HAGER CITY - The newly formed Hager City Skeeters have put together a schedule and have elected a Board of Directors for their first season of amateur baseball action.

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The President of the Hager City Amateur Baseball is Zack Anderson, Vice-President is Josh McCabe and the Secretary is Elliot Jensen. The Treasurer is Elliot Foley.

The schedule consists of 32 games from May until August. The Skeeters begin play at a tournament in Cottage Grove, Minn. the first weekend in May. Their first home game is a doubleheader May 24 against Bloomington, Minn. and Plainview, Minn. Their season lasts until the first weekend in August when they will play in the Gordy Luebker Benefit at Legion Park in Plum City.

According to Skeeter manager Mike Maves, scheduling did not turn out to be as difficult as he thought it would be, especially when the Skeeters were denied entry into the St. Croix Valley League in late January.

"When Scheduling for this year I was really nervous because I had to wait to see how the cards played out with membership into the SCVL so I got a bit of a late start to begin with," Maves said. "But once I started contacting teams, I found that it was incredibly easy. I started to find out pretty quickly that teams in Minneapolis and St. Paul area really enjoy traveling outside the cities to play ball on the weekend . So we found ourselves with a lot of Saturday and Sunday home games. I think this will work out great for our first season. I really like the flexibility we had with roster numbers and scheduling teams.

The biggest challenge, as it turned out, was finding road games.

"We do not have lights at this time so our Home Schedule filled up incredibly fast. Some teams like Bay City could only play us at their place because of the fact we couldn't find a home date that worked for both of us." Maves said.

Maves, also, said the Skeeters are thankful being able to schedule games against SCVL opponents like Elmwood, Bay City, Menomonie, New Richmond, Plum City, River Falls and St. Croix Falls. However, one SCVL team is absent from this schedule.

"Despite repeated attempts, we could not convince the leaders of the Hubbers to play us this year," Maves said. "If we were members of the SCVL this would force a home and home with the Hubbers which I think would have been great for area baseball and a nice draw for the local businesses that sponsor both teams. I think with three teams in close proximity it creates a natural rivalry that could be promoted in years to come."

The Skeeters' schedule is as follows:

May - 2-4: at Cottage Grove, Minn. Tournament; 10: at Elmwood; 17: at Plum City; 23: at Chippewa Falls; 24: (DH) Bloomington, Minn. and Plainview, Minn.; 25: Pine Island, Minn.; 31: St. Croix Falls

June - 5: Lake City; 13-15: New Richmond Tournament; 18: at New Richmond; 21: (DH) Rochester and Elmwood; 28: Cottage Grove, Minn.; 29: at Pine Island

July - 6: at Bay City; 11: at Plainview; 12: (DH) Plum City and River Falls; 13: New Richmond; 15: at Rochester, 16: at Lake City; 19: St. Paul; 26: at River Falls; 27: Minnetonka

August - 1-3: Gordy Luebker Benefit Tournament at Plum City

Team sponsors as listed on their schedule are Bendilly's Bar and Grill, the T-Bar, Veith's Bar and Grill; Jo-Jo's Jewelry and Gifts, Hinck's Economart, Hager City Liquor; Vino in the Valley; and Scott's Outdoor Store.

Here's the Skeeter's current roster. Players with asterisks are high school players who will not join the team until the completion of the prep baseball season:

Cory Brathall, Jon Chisholm, Marcus Kenall, Caleb Peterson, Ben Helmer*, Chase Melstrom, Zack Anderson, John Faulhaber, Joe Colburn, Mark Brunner, Mike Maves, Cody Anderson, T.J. Kenall, Nate Lemier*, Josh McCabe, Chad Melstrom, Matt Thom, Reuben Huppert*, Tyler Frazier*, Ross Sweig*, Mike Berg, Brady Brenner*, Elliot Jensen, Elliot Foley, Cody Holden*, Greg Peters, Marc Franson, Lance Murphy*, Jared Murphy, Ken Pazdernik.

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