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Somerset American Legion baseball team starts young

The Somerset American Legion baseball team taking the field this summer is considerably different from the Somerset varsity team that nearly reached the WIAA state tournament.

Five players from the Spartan varsity team are part of Somerset’s Junior Legion team, along with seven players from the two junior varsity teams the Spartans fielded this spring.

The Somerset team opened its season on June 12, losing a double-header at Cumberland. Since then, Somerset has had a bye and a rainout. They are hoping to get dry weather to play their games this week. Somerset is scheduled to play two games at Baldwin on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Somerset is slated to play at home next Tuesday, hosting Bloomer in a pair of games at Larry Forrest Park.

Mike Himes stepped up when the call was put out that Somerset needed someone to coach the Legion team this summer. With players from three teams forming this team, the first step is finding out where everyone fits.

“We’re letting them work together and try to get some chemistry,” Himes said.

He said the older players took charge when the team had an immediate problem. Nearly all the players on the team have been playing on the infield during their careers. In their first games, the older players played in the outfield to make things work more smoothly.

Somerset lost its games at Cumberland 15-3 and 7-2. Mike Piletich was the starting pitcher in the opening game and Jacob Link started in the second game. Jake Rosentreter pitched in relief in both games.

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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