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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Field of dreams: Hasz trying his best to get the Pirates on a field

  • The Pirates plan to share a bus with Thief River Falls and play a doubleheader in Bismarck Thursday.
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  • Pirate head baseball coach Ted Hasz is trying his best to schedule a game away from all the snow and cold temperatures but weather continues to get in the way.
     
    The Pirate baseball squad was scheduled to open its season April 4 at home against Red Lake County. However, that game and the next two have been postponed due to the significant amount of snow.
     
    Currently, the Pirates have their fingers crossed to play Thief River Falls in a doubleheader Thursday in Bismarck, N.D. The two varsity teams plan to share a bus to Bismarck.
     
    Initially Hasz and the Pirates had set up a doubleheader with Thief River Falls in Huron, S.D. Then it had to be moved to an artificial turf field in Minnetonka. Now the plan has changed to Bismarck where Hasz knows the baseball coach at University of Mary. That may not pan out, however, as Mary had to postpone a game to Thursday too.
     
    "I know the coach at Mary is still doing his best. We'll see what happens," Hasz said.
     
    Hasz went on to say his team is waiting patiently to take the field.
     
    "I don't think the kids have been frustrated," he said. "Maybe if we don't get to go to Bismarck it will be disappointing."
     
    Hasz didn't have a timetable for when Jim Karn Field in Crookston might be playable. He said it was a ways away and that UMC Baseball Field is a lot closer to being ready.
     
    The CHS music trip to Florida is scheduled for Friday through Wednesday, April 17 and Hasz said if all else fails the team may look to travel somewhere after that.
     
    "You can't travel that distance more than once or twice a season. Sharing a bus, that helps," he explained.
     
    Even with all the indoor practicing at Crookston Sports Center, Hasz likes how his team is progressing.
     
    "The pitching staff is coming together so we're excited when we do get the chance to play," he said.
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