ALBION (WKOW) — The Albion Tigers are part of the Home Talent League, the largest amateur adult baseball league in Wisconsin with 43 teams. The Tigers have four players on their roster that are actively serving in the military. Giving their community a patriotic connection to baseball.
The Tigers’ roster is made up of all players from the Edgerton area. Many of these players are multi-generation on the team, not to mention four of them serving the United States.
“The best part is for us it keeps everything in perspective a little bit you know?” said Matt Towns, the manager of the Tigers.
Behind the plate is Austin Mades. He served 300 days over seas with the Army National Guard. He returned home in May, just in time for baseball season.
“My first game was probably three days after I got back,” said Mades. “I couldn’t wait to put the jersey back on, and go out and play. It’s obviously a huge part of my life.”
Dan Zeimet plays second base. Zeimet completed his basic training in San Antonio, TX for the Air National Guard. He now has a military bond with baseball.
“It’s cool that there are guys that I can share not really experiences with but just talk about it,” said Zeimet. “Having people who are in the same boat. The whole team it’s like, it coincides together so it’s pretty cool.”
In the outfield is Matthew Klubertanz. He has two brothers in the military. His twin brother is currently serving in the Marines in Africa. Matthew serves in the Air National Guard and is being deployed to the Middle East at the end of the month.
“You really cherish the moments you have with you teammates friends and family,” said Klubertantz. “Once you leave it’s not as bad, but make memories before you go and think back on them.”
Logan Hein joined the Tigers in 2017. He is currently serving abroad with the Air National Guard.
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