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Hermantown, Esko VFW Teams Play First Summer Game

Created: June 24, 2020 10:50 PM

Summer baseball has returned to the Northland. Under Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, outdoor sports games and scrimmages could begin on Wednesday.

The Hermantown and Esko VFW teams wasted no time meeting for their first game of the season.

Only 25 people including players, coaches, and umpires are allowed on the inside of the fence and they much social distance. No dugouts can be used and fans have to watch from the outside.

Players have been practicing differently to prepare for the changes and were excited to get back into the swing of things.

"When you're warming up you have to be in separate pods, always 6 feet apart at all times. There's lot of hand sanitizer and we're not really sharing equipment that much," explained Garron Opsahl about the changes. "It's kind of a bump in the road, but it's just nice to be on the baseball field and get to play," he added.

Umpires also have the choice of calling games from behind the plate or behind the pitcher.

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