D-R-S holds winter meeting

The Dakota-Rice-Scott Baseball League held its annual winter meeting at Brewster's in Veseli on Thursday evening, Dec. 29.

League president Jerry Walerius chaired the meeting.

Representatives of radio station KCHK and KRDS were on hand and a led a discussion of broadcasting of D-R-S league ball games.

A new state tournament format for the Class C tournament is in the making with more team representation from leagues which draw better attendance. This would create more teams in the tourney with some opening round byes. D-R-S teams may be grouped into one region with four teams selected to go to state play.

Divisions for regular season play in the league this year will have Elko, Prior Lake Mudcats, St. Patrick, Union Hill and Webster in the Red division; Faribault, Lonsdale, St. Benedict and Veseli in the White division; and Montgomery, New Market, New Prague and Shakopee Coyotes in the Blue division.

A 23-game schedule will be played with the exception of the Elko Express. They will play 12 league games. Elko, which won the State Class C title in 2008, will continue to play in the Class B playoffs and will also be competing against many other Class B teams during the regular season.

In the annual election of league officers, Jerry Walerius was re-elected president, Sean O'Neill was re-elected as secretary and Chris Hertaus was re-elected as treasurer. The vote was unanimous by acclamation with no other nominations for any of the three positions.

Vice presidents from the three divisions were selected. Greg Faue from the Prior Lake Mudcats will represent the Red Division, Chris Hertaus from Veseli was chosen for the White Division, and Jerry Plambeck of New Prague will represent the Blue Division.

League dues and admission prices will remain the same as before.

The league season is slated to open on Sunday, April 29 and will conclude on Sunday, July 22.

League and region playoffs and the state tournament will follow the regular season.

An All-Star game with a team from the River Valley League is tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening, July 5, and will be played at Prior Lake.

A pre-season meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at Brewster's in Veseli.

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