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New Richmond Millers start season this weekend

With 26 games on the 2014 schedule, the New Richmond Millers adult baseball team will be relying heavily on its pitching staff.

Millers ace right-hander Hayden Zimmerman may be the best pitcher in the St. Croix Valley League. But after that, there are question marks on who will step up to be the starting pitchers for the team.

Coleman Roskam, Josh Leavens and Sean Conrad are the leading contenders for the pitching roles on the team. Millers manager Ryan Stephens is leaving the door open if anyone wants to try out for the team, especially as a pitcher.

“I need pitching, period,” Stephens said. “If there’s a pitcher out there; arms are needed.”

The Millers start their schedule this weekend. The opening game will be played at Eau Claire at 7:30 p.m., this Friday. The first home game for the Millers is their SCVL opener, a 1 p.m. start against Plum City on Sunday.

Sunday’s game is the start of five straight home games for the Millers. The rest of those home games include a May 11 clash with Bay City, a May 16 non-league game against Blaine, Minn., a May 18 date with Prescott and a May 28 battle with Stillwater.

The starting lineup for the Millers will feature many of the same players who’ve made up the team the past few seasons. Grant Nelson returns as the team’s catcher. Two of the team’s senior players, Ryan Telschow and Jon Will, will cover first and second base. Mitch Paquin returns at shortstop and Josh Leavens will be handling third base when he’s not pitching.

Dan Leavens is the only sure thing in the outfield starting the season, returning as the leftfielder.

“I think Dan will be a terror in the league this year,” Stephens predicted.

Among the contenders for the other outfield spots are Conrad, Curt Kleinschmidt and Kyle Miller.

Hayden Nelson is being viewed as the team’s utility player, with the ability to play almost anywhere on the field.

The SCVL All-Star Game will be played on July 5 in River Falls. The Millers’ regular season is completed on Aug. 1, when they play Prescott.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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