Youth Baseball: Pierz team recognized for play and conduct

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The Pierz 13U baseball team was named a Youth 1st Team award winner. The team is Joey Stuckmayer (front, left), Chase Becker, Mason Gahler, Derick Bakke, Mason Hoheisel, coach Mitch Becker (back, left), coach Shane Barclay, Weston Woitalla, Reese Young, Max Barclay, Scotty Becker, Kyle Winscher and coach Jason Bakke. Submitted Photo

The Pierz Pioneers 13U AA youth baseball team was selected as one of the Youth 1st Team awards for outstanding sportsmanship during the 2019 Minnesota Sports Federation state baseball tournament.

The Youth 1st team award recognizes positive behavior from players, coaches and everyone associated with the team.

“We are placing the emphasis on how you play the game, which is ultimately more important than if you win or lose.” said Mark Arjes, Founder/Director of Youth 1st. “It has

become increasingly difficult to find and retain coaches and officials for youth sports because of the abuse that they take during games. We believe it is time to model and encourage values-based actions, creating what we call a Conduct 1st environment where the focus is on the kids, competitive energies are kept in check and officials and opponents are respected.”

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