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GSL itching to play ball

It’s April 4. The skies are sunny and mercury is “soaring” into the 60s.

And Glencoe-Silver Lake baseball coach Dean Schwirtz is beside himself.

“This is baseball weather,”he exclaimed. “I’ve been calling everyone trying to get a game going today.”

Make hay – or swipe bags – while the sun shines.

As it is, Schwirtz and his team will have to wait until this Friday to begin the 2017 season, with familiar foe Hutchinson set to visit Vollmer Field to commence the spring in style.

“We can’t wait to play the first game,”Schwirtz said.

It’s been a long off-season for the Panthers.

GSL had high hopes of making a third consecutive trip to the state tournament last June, as the Wright County Conference West champions carried a 19-3 record into the sectional tournament.

However, those dreams were cruelly dashed after back-to-back playoff losses promptly ended GSL’s spring.

This time around, the goals remain the same for this perennially strong program.


For more on this story, see the April 5 edition of the Chronicle.