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Little League all stars square off in RhinelanderSubmitted: 07/11/2017
Mark Spillane
Mark Spillane
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mspillane@wjfw.com

Little League all stars square off in Rhinelander
RHINELANDER - Most baseball fans turned their attention to the Major League All-Star Game Tuesday night. However, those Major Leaguers weren't the only all-stars to be found. A group of slightly smaller all-stars squared off in Rhinelander.

"We have a lot of fun. My favorite part is when ground balls get hit to me or any action that I get," said Northwoods All Star player Matt Milanowski.

Milanowski plays for the Northwoods All Stars U10 team. The team is made up of kids from Eagle River and the surrounding towns. As you might expect, their coach Jim Beyer says it's not always easy coaching ten year-olds.


"When things are going well, they're in the game, but then they can really lose their focus easily and it's hard to bring them back some times," said Beyer.

But Beyer says the challenges of coaching such a young group also come with rewards.

"You're trying to be all serious and talk about what happened in the game, and they're asking you questions about are they getting icees and stuff like that, and you remember they're 10 year olds and how fun it is to coach this age and see them have some success," said Beyer.

One reward for the Northwoods All Stars was Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Rhinelander All Star team, which just so happened to fall on the same day as the Major League All-Star game.

"With it being all-star week and they can see the all-stars there and we had a talk last night that no matter what happens the rest of their life, they're always going to be an all-star," said Beyer.

Even with that win, Northwoods All Star player, AJ Muench says it wasn't good enough.

"We were kind of sloppy, I think we could do a little bit better on hitting," said Muench.

While they're hoping to do better at the plate, they're certainly not lacking in confidence for next time.

"We're going to win, and we're going to come out right away and get five runs in the first inning," said Milanowski.

When Muench was asked if he agreed, he didn't hesitate.

"Yes," said Muench.

The Northwoods All Stars will play the winner of Antigo and Wausau in the next round.

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