DRS holds fall meeting

The DRS Baseball League held its Fall meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Doublewide in Elko New Market, with all 13 teams represented.

New managers were introduced for three teams. Tanner Graff is the new manager for Shakopee, Brent Goracke for St. Patrick and Mike Prochaska for Webster. Todd Klehn will be an assistant manager for Webster.

It was reported that New Market would be moving up to Class B for next season, joining Elko. It was decided to alter next year’s schedule so that the 11 Class C teams play each other twice and play Elko and New Market once each. That will make for a 22-game season in 2020. If a team plays Elko at home, they will play at New Market, and vice versa, so each team has 11 home games scheduled.

League president Mike Sticha asked managers to get their requests for next year’s schedule to him by December 1 so he can begin working on it. Nick Schoenecker and Sticha presented the concept of Bar Cards as a fundraiser for the 2020 season. The Crow River League has had success with this concept. Cards would be sold for $10 and each bar that agrees to participate would give 2-for-1 beers or rail drinks - up to four per business - to those presenting the cards. Managers were asked to contact local bars to get the process started, and the next steps will be taken at the January meeting.

After looking at four options, the league chose Sunday, April 26, as its starting date, with all league play to be completed by Wednesday, July 29. Playoff will begin on August 2 and end on August 16. The state tournament begins on August 21.

The league also decided to condense its playoff system, eliminating a round of double elimination games once state tournament entrants are decided. Nothing will be finalized until after the state finalizes its region assignments and designates how many teams from each region will advance to state. The league decided not to hold an all-star game in 2020, and also renewed its contract with Northwest Umpires.

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