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By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Young group to mix with veterans on Hawk baseball team

H-M-S to build around 6 returning letter winners


June 18, 2020


H-M-S first baseman Ben Haack gets in position to snag a pop fly against West Sioux in Monday's season opener. The Hawks lost to the No. 3-ranked Falcons 22-3.

Beyond the fact that the 2020 baseball season could be held despite the COVID-19 pandemic is encouraging news that Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's numbers are growing.

H-M-S had just 13 players out for baseball in 2019, barely enough to field a varsity team and too few to play a JV schedule. That's not the case in 2020. The preseason roster numbers 20, which includes a combined 16 sophomores, freshmen and eighth graders.

As a result, H-M-S will play JV games along with varsity contests this year. That's good news to first-year head coach Jeremy Gloden.

"Having JV is a really huge stepping stone fo...

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