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AMATEUR BASEBALL: Bees open season at home Sunday

The Brainerd Bees open the Lakewood League season at 1:30 p.m. Sunday when they host the Sartell Stone Poneys at Adamson Field.

A number of off-season changes have left the league with fewer teams and new division alignments this season.

The changes began in November when the Minnesota Baseball Association moved the Ultimate Sports Snappers and Granite City Grays up to Class B.

In January, the Freeport Black Sox and Sauk Centre Titans left for other leagues, and the Becker Bandits folded.

As a result, the Lakewood will have one division with five Class B teams, and another division with six Class C teams.

In the B division, the Grays and Snappers will join the Bees, the defending state champion Sauk Rapids Cyclones, and the Cold Spring Springers.

In the C division, the Muskies will be joined by the Stone Poneys, St. Joseph Saints, Litchfield Blues, Clear Lake Lakers, and Sauk Rapids Hurricanes.

Bees roster

Tim Martin, Tom Fairbanks, Joel Martin, Patrick Skogen, Kevin Peterson, Burrell Flanagan, Mark Ortega, Kyle Crocker, Blake Peterson

Drew Sannes, Nate DeChaine, Tyler Lenz, Trevor Woodruff, Jack Hegarty, Ethan Nichols, Michael Smith, Eric Martin, Dustin Borlaug

Bees schedule

05/06, 1:30 p.m., Sartell Stone Poneys

05/12, 1:30 p.m., at St. Joseph

05/20, 1:30 p.m., at Sauk Rapids Cyclones

05/27, 1:30 p.m., Granite City at St. Cloud

05/30, 7:30 p.m., Ultimate Sports

06/01, 7 p.m., Henderson

06/02, 1:30 p.m., at Clear Lake

06/08, 7:30 p.m., Cold Spring

06/10, 1:30 p.m., Sauk Rapids Cyclones

06/13, 7 p.m., Fort Ripley

06/16, 4 p.m., at Sauk Rapids Jimmy’s

06/17, 1:30 p.m., Ultimate Sports at St. Cloud

06/20, 7 p.m., Nisswa at Brainerd

06/23, 7 p.m., St. Paul Shamrocks

06/24, 1:30 p.m., Granite City

06/30, 1:30 p.m., Litchfield

07/01, 2:00 p.m., at Moorhead

07/06, 7:30 p.m., at Cold Spring

07/11, 7:30 p.m., Sartell Muskies

07/14, 2:00 p.m., at Isanti

07/21, noon, vs. Austin at Cold Spring Tournament

07/21, 2 p.m., vs. Minneapolis Cobras at Cold Spring Tournament

07/22, 2 p.m. vs. Marshall at Cold Spring Tournament

07/27, 7:30 p.m., Cold Spring Silver Springers

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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