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Rhinelander baseball taking advantage of Hodag Dome and contact days to get ready for the season

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 03/24/2021 8:28PM, Last Updated 03/24/2021 10:33PM
Rhinelander - The last pitch thrown by a Rhinelander Hodag was 22 months ago. It's been a long time since the baseball team took the field, but a new season is right around the corner.

The high school baseball season is set to begin on April 19th, but in the meantime, the Rhinelander team is hitting the turf of the Hodag Dome. The WIAA is allowing teams to have two weeks of contact days before their official practice schedule can begin.

With the new facility at their disposal, the baseball program is getting up to speed after almost two full years away.

"Right now, these contact days are an opportunity for us to teach," said Coach Joe Waksmonski. "Teach drills, teach skills, talk about technique, so when we get practice going we can right into scrimmages, right away. Once practice starts, it's only another eight days until we play our first game."

With the Hodag Dome the team can recreate an outdoor field without the hassle.

"We've always been able to go indoors, but I think the opportunity here is to be able to set up a full field," said Waksmonski. "We're not limited to anything like that. We don't really have to worry about any windows, or bleachers, or breaking anything like that. We have a beautiful facility here and it's been wonderful so far. "

The WIAA is allowing teams to schedule their first game for April 27. 
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