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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Central Lakes opens season Monday at dome

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.

Raiders roster


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

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