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Baseball’s return to southern Wisconsin after the pandemic

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Memorial Day weekend is usually a popular time for baseball. While no organized baseball was played, the Home Talent League continues to count down the days to the new start of their season.

"This is my 20th year in the league and this is something we've never went through," said Brandon Hellenbrand, manager of the Middleton 29ers.

The 29ers won the league's first ever title back in 1929. The club has played baseball every summer after that. A tradition they hope to keep in tact this summer, if they can play safely, they will play.

Right now the Home Talent League has the Fourth of July penciled in as their new start to the season. They will condense their season down to possibly 11 games.

"We're excited to just get back out there and play some type of games.," said Hellenbrand. "Whether it's 11 games or it gets shortened down to eight, whatever it is, we just want to get back out on to the field and play."

The league continues to pay attention to local rules and restrictions while keeping overall safety a top priority when planning out their season for this summer.

"If everything comes together properly we'll play from July through August, and have the playoffs in the first couple weeks of September," said Pat Reilly, President of the Home Talent League.

Some teams use public fields in their communities. Many of those fields still remain locked from pandemic Safer At Home orders. Most teams remain optimistic that they can get out on their fields and start practicing soon.

"Me, personally at 38 years old, not knowing when my last at bat is going to be I'm looking forward to taking advantage to any kind of season that the Home Talent can give us," said Eric Simon. A players and assistant manager for the Middleton 29ers.

For more information on the Home Talent League, click here.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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