The winter season continues to hang on well into April, leaving many spring sports teams canceling early season games and practicing inside. But for the Otter Tail Central baseball and softball teams, the chance to get outside Tuesday for practice and a little fun was too much to pass up.
“What a difference from a year ago” Bulldogs head baseball coach Ryan Hendrickson said. “I guess we just really wanted to get outside to practice some situational ball, so we had fun with it. We put our boots on and practiced on our snow-covered field.”
According to Hendrickson, the scene of both teams playing was like out of the movie “The Sandlot” as players were just out playing the game for fun.
Despite the field being covered in snow and snowbanks lining the fencing, both Hendrickson and head softball coach Jason Rogers felt that “enough is enough” and they took their teams outside to mix up their routines.
The baseball team changed their typical practice considerably this past week. Monday saw the team back in the gym, while Tuesday’s snow practice got them outdoors. Wednesday saw the co-op team keep players at their individual schools (Underwood, Battle Lake, Henning) as they worked with a different coach at each location.
Thursday, the team headed back into the gym, but had an intersquad scrimmage involving bunting. To close out the week, the team headed to the Shoreline in Battle Lake for a bowling scrimmage.
“We believe we are ready for competition, we will continue to work hard, putting in more fundamentals and team rotations, but we are at a point right now that we can reward our hard work with some fun, too,” Ryan Hendrickson said.