The Central Lakes College Raiders baseball season will open Monday with a doubleheader at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome in Minneapolis against Mesabi Range.
It is the earliest Minnesota College Athletic Conference baseball contest in league history.
The Raiders and Norsemen are slated for a pair of seven-inning games starting at 5 p.m.. They will return to the dome Feb. 28 for a twinbill that starts at 9 a.m.
CLC head coach Pat Held, in his 43rd year as a baseball coach at various levels, starts his third season at CLC. He begins it with a roster of 25 players. The squad held a fall work-out session and returned with a few additions this winter for a pre-season indoor regimen.
“We are looking forward to the spring,” Held said in a news release. “Pitchers and catchers have been practicing in the morning and the rest of the squad in groups at various times throughout the academic day at CLC.”
The full squad began working out as a team Feb. 15.
“Not much time, but we make use of every minute in what can be a weather-influenced outdoor season,” said Held, the 2010 Dick Siebert award winner for serving the game with distinction and professionalism.
Following the doubleheaders at the dome, CLC will play seven straight days in Oklahoma and Texas from March 10-18.
An assistant coach when CLC made its only appearance in the National Junior College World Series, Held will take his squad to the dome March 25 for a pair of games against Rainy River before debuting at home April 3 against Hibbing at the Findorff Athletic Complex on the CLC campus in Brainerd.
Hunter Young, infield-pitcher, Bowlus
Tony Madsen, infielder, Mounds View
Josh Edwards, outfielder-pitcher, Park Rapids
Johnny Egan, outfielder, Cologne
Louis Eschenbacher, catcher, Brainerd
Derek Pihlaja, pitcher-infielder, Osage
Jaron Hanson, outfielder, Baxter
Peter Lucken, infielder-pitcher, Melrose.
Nate Eschenbacher, Fort Ripley
Tyler Lenz, Brainerd
Erik Pikula, Brainerd
Jake Scharber-Pikula, Brainerd
Sean Dormanen, Menahga
Trey Thompson, Parkers Prairie
Trevor Woodruff, Mountain Home, Ida.
Jake Box, Merrifield
Justin Kostecka, Pequot Lakes
Bryan Yackley, Pequot Lakes
Joe Gaida, Browerville
Dustin Motschenbacher, Wadena
Cory Tumberg, Wadena
Nick Jasmer, Bertha
Jared Hoemberg, Bertha
Taz Seibert, Hamburg
Robert Moynagh, Montrose
Doubleheaders unless noted
Feb. 20, Mesabi Range at Metrodome, 5 p.m.
Feb. 28, Mesabi Range at Metrodome, 9:30 a.m.
March 10, Connors College at Warner, OK, 2 p.m.
March 11, N.E. Texas CC at Mt. Pleasant, TX, 2 p.m.
March 12, Paris CC at Paris, TX, 1 p.m. 9-inning game
March 14, Tyler CC at Tyler, TX, 4 p.m.
March 15-16, Eastfield CC at Mesquite, TX, noon
March 17, N.E. Oklahoma A&M at Miami, OK, 1 p.m.
March 25, Rainy River at Metrodome, 4 p.m.
April 3, Hibbing 2 p.m.
April 5, at Riverland 3 p.m.
April 6-7, Crossover Tourney at Austin 7-inning game series
April 6, vs. Hibbing 3 p.m., vs Riverland 5 p.m.
April 7, vs Fond Du Lac 11 a.m., vs. Ridgewater 3 p.m.
April 11, at St. John’s JV 2:30 p.m.
April 14, at Rochester 1 p.m.*
April 15, Minnesota West 1 p.m.*
April 17, at Itasca 3 p.m.
April 18, Ridgewater 1 p.m.*
April 21, at Anoka-Ramsey 1 p.m.*
April 22, at Riverland 1 p.m.*
April 24, @ M-State-Fergus Falls 2 p.m.*
April 28, St. Cloud Technical 1 p.m.*
May 1, St. John’s JV at Mills Field 5:30 p.m.
May 5-6, Playoffs
May 11-13, State/Region 13 Tourney at St. Cloud
*denotes MCAC Southern Division games