The Tomahawk East League is looking for new ways to advertise its' great baseball league and they believe they have found a bit of a solution for the 2019 season.

I have always been a proponent of the game of baseball. It is my absolute favorite. We live in such a strong baseball community and it is easy to be proud of.

This season, the Tomahawk East League is hoping to grow its’ brand. TEL Vice President Marty Brandl presented to the league of new ways we can advertise the league a little more. Things were floated around and a few items that many league coaches agreed upon that are exciting for the league to get underway.

A few things are that the league will have online voting for the All-Star Game against the Corn Belt League this summer which is hosted at Stark on Friday, June 28. In addition, perhaps my favorite excerpt will be that the Herald-Dispatch will be running a Tomahawk East Player of the Week, similar to our “Meet the Athlete” feature. Each Player of the Week will be for Wednesday through Tuesday. For example, May 22 through May 28 would be a proper timeframe. We will highlight the Player of the Week in the Herald-Dispatch as well as the Tomahawk East League website. KNUJ Radio is also in the deal with Myron Seidl on “Behind Home Plate”. Player of the Week will include a player photo and a mini write-up highlighting why that player deserved the honor.

I am excited to get this new era of Tomahawk East League baseball started and hope you are also. Advertising the game of baseball never hurts, especially in a tight knit community.

I hope to see more fans at a few Sleepy Eye games this year, as we made a great run in the State Tournament last August and September and have a good, young nucleus that loves the game of baseball and is around for a good time. Not to mention our beautiful ballpark. Bring your kids for a game of baseball and check out the new and exciting things we’ve got going on at the ballpark this summer.

When you’re not at a Sleepy Eye game, check out the Stark Longhorns and grab the infamous Stark Burger or swing out to the corn fields in Leavenworth and Essig for a ball game.

Congrats to Sleepy Eye’s Matt Berkner and current assistant coach Andrew Woitas as they clinched the MIAC title for the Gustavus Golden Gusties for the first time since 1980. Berkner is currently hitting .375 for the Gusties and is a senior on the team. Woitas is in his first year as an assistant for Gustavus. Gustavus holds the No. 1 seed and faces St. Mary’s on Thursday at CHS Field in St. Paul. Good luck!