Hermantown Little League ramping up for 2017 season

Hermantown Little League regular-season games are scheduled to begin in mid-May, tireless league president Ted Kiefat confirmed today.

“Our Majors, who play in the Quad Cities league, will open on May 9, weather permitting,” said Kiefat. “Intermediates begin about a week later, and a week before Juniors. Minors start the last week in May, with T-Ball and Rookies getting underway on Baseball Day on June 10.”

Hermantown Little League games are played at Fichner Fields at Maple Grove and Ugstad Roads.

“Participation has hovered at just under 400 youths for each of the last three years,” said Kiefat. “We make the game fun for the kids.”

Boys and girls can still sign up at HermantownBaseball.org.

Hermantown Little League is hoping to add lights at fields three and four. Fields one and two already have lights.

“Lighting is huge, especially early in the season when the first game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by a second game scheduled for 7 p.m. that often runs into darkness,” said Kiefat. “Lighting the two additional fields would mean a world of difference for our program.”

Hermantown Little League, founded in 1973, is an all-volunteer, 501C3 organization.

“Today, we’re still committed to making a positive difference for kids who want to play baseball, by providing them with quality, safe fields and equipment and outstanding coaching,” Kiefat said. “Whether its adding breakaway bases at all of our four fields, purchasing new portable pitching machines and mounds and new catchers’ gear, no matter who the kid is, whatever skill level they bring to the field, our goal is to give him or her not just the opportunity to be on a team but to be part of a team. Our focus is more on great participation teams than great athletic teams, where every kid gets an equal chance to play.

“Our coaches are well-versed in baseball and are committed to putting the fun back into fundamentals. To me, you’re only as talented as by the coaches who push you to be better. At the same time, it can’t be all about winning on the scoreboard. The real victory is ensuring that the kids have fun, first and only. There’s a lot of learning to be had by the wins and losses, to be sure, and at the end of the day it’s, did the kids have fun and did they learn about good sportsmanship, for example?”

Hermantown Little League Board Members

Ted Kiefat, president
Dan Summers, vice president/umpire-in-chief
Lana Arro, secretary/player agent
Karri Kiefat, treasurer
Jay Juusola, equipment manager
Troy Ter-Meer, safety officer
Mark Lau
Jeff Laspi
Josh Martalock
Marcus Lane
Seth Daggett

Hermantown Hawks Sports Notebook — Hermantown defeated Superior 6-1 in high school boys tennis Tuesday afternoon. Hawks individuals and doubles winners included Nathan Johnson (No. 2 singles), Kevin Bauman (No. 3 singles), Ryker Zierdan (No. 4 singles), Harlie Olson-Luke Hyjek (No. 1 doubles), Ryan Lenz-Alex Lehner (No. 2 doubles) and Parker Bjorlin-Graham Halverson (No. 3 doubles).