Baseball in January … YUP!

I just remembered a couple of baseball items of interest. One to remind, one to inform.

Twins Caravan

Don’t forget that the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan is making one of its first stops of the year in Dickinson.

Members of the Twins organization, including manager Ron Gardenhire, are scheduled to make a stop at Prairie Hills Mall at 2:30 p.m. Monday for a 45-minute public program near JC Penney.

Catcher Drew Butera, pitcher Jeff Manship, hitting coach Joe Vavra and radio broadcaster Kris Atteberry are scheduled to be at the Winter Caravan stop, along with mascot TC Bear.

Due to time constraints, there will not be an autograph session. Though there will be a drawing for kids and Goal Line Sports will be giving away other Twins items.

DHS grads to open season against each other

For the first time ever in February, two Dickinson High School graduates will play each other in Division I baseball when North Dakota State and Arizona open the 2011 season against each other in three-game series in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 18-20.

Ben Herauf, a 2008 Dickinson graduate, will make his debut with the Bison that weekend while Cole Frenzel begins his sophomore season with the Wildcats.

Frenzel is a 2009  Dickinson graduate finished out his freshman season well, batting .286, despite needing surgery to repair a hand injury halfway through the year. He is set to play in the Cape Cod League next summer.

Herauf will be a third-year sophomore for NDSU. He had to sit out last season after transferring from the University of Mary, where he started as a true freshman and hit .259 with 17 RBI.

The Dickinson Roughriders won back-to-back American Legion state championships in 2008 and 2009 with Frenzel and Herauf in the three and four spots in the lineup and at the infield corners. Frenzel was on Dickinson High’s 2007 and 2009 state championship teams and Herauf was on the 2007 squad.

While there’s no way to tell how much Frenzel and Herauf will play in the upcoming season (it’s safe to say that Frenzel should begin the season as a starter at the very least), it’s extremely likely that at least sometime during the three-game series, the two will be on the field at the same time.

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