PLABA closes out 2017; elects new executive board for 2018 season

On Monday, the Prior Lake Amateur Baseball Association held a combined “year-end” and “annual” meeting. This meeting is one of the main forums of the year used to discuss the past year’s business including team reviews, event recaps, and financial updates. This is also an opportunity to elect a new executive board for the following season.

Electing the board that would carry PLABA into 2018 was the final order of business in last evening’s meeting. The executive board consists of (4) executive roles and (5) “at-large” directors. The following individuals were elected to serve a term of one year:



President – Mike Keating

Vice President – Greg Faue

Secretary – Justin Braun

Treasurer – Chuck Schoenrock



Director At-Large – Tex Chapman

Director At-Large – Scott Geisler

Director At-Large – Scott McNally

Director At-Large – Greg Nesbitt

Director At-Large – Brad Schoenrock



Liaison – Mark Schroeder

Advisor Emeritus – Leroy Bohnsack

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It’s Gameday: The 2016 DRS vs. RVL All-Star Game is Tonight!

Rejoice fans of townball, for your day has arrived!  The DRS vs. RVL All-Star Game is TONIGHT! Come on out to The Vet in Prior Lake on Thursday, July 7 – first pitch at 7:30 PM! Join us early and catch the teams batting practice, infield practice, and Presentation Of Colors by the Prior Lake VFW Post 6208 Color Guard. We’ll be monitoring the weather and providing any necessary updates on FacebookTwitter, and the Hardball Hotline at 952-226-3800.  More information is available at

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DRS vs. RVL All-Star Game prep underway in PL

Players and volunteers work the field to get it in prime playing shape for the 2016 All Star Game.

Board members and players were hard at work on a very warm and muggy Saturday preparing Veterans Field at Memorial Park for the upcoming 10th Annual DRS vs. RVL All-Star Game slated to take place on Thursday, July 7 and this year hosted by the Prior Lake Jays and Mudcats.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 (adults), $2 (ages 13-18), and kids 12 and under get in free.  First pitch is slated with 7:30 pm with pregame starting at 6:45 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on KCHK radio (95.5 FM/AM 1350/

All-Star rosters and honorary captains to be announced the week of June 27.  Proceeds are split between the DRS and RVL leagues and are used to offset annual expenses.

The official league press release can be found here.

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Laker Nick Hanson headed to the bigs

Prior Lake, Nick Hanson
Prior Lake Laker hurler, Nick Hanson. (Photo Credit: MN Baseball Hub)

With an Major League Baseball scouting report that calls out a 96 mph fastball and his go-to pitch the “power curve”, good things were expected for Nick Hanson as he wraps up his senior year at Prior Lake High School.

Hanson, who originally signed a letter of intent with the University of Kentucky back in the fall, got the call from the Cincinnati Reds in the third round (79th pick overall) of the MLB draft that took place this last week.

PLABA wishes to extend congratulations and best wishes to Nick on his selection, and in his professional baseball future.  Make us proud, Nick!

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Jays Dropped 3-2 by St. Louis Park

The PL Jays welcomed MBA Class A powerhouse St. Louis Park to Veterans Field in Prior Lake for their 30th season home opener this past Sunday, and came up short by a 3-2 decision.

Jays starting pitcher Chris Kelly blanked Park through five innings stranding six runners.  Park broke through posting two runs in the sixth on a two-out double that scored runners that had reached on hit by pitch and fielders choice.  The Jays answered on a two-out, two-RBI double to the gap by outfielder Adam Cress to score Jonesy Buescher and Sam Kortes who walked and reached on an error respectively to knot the score at 2-2 after six innings.

The Jays could only muster Kelly reaching in the seventh on an error, Kortes knocking a single in the eighth, and catcher Brandt Broderick with a two-out single in the ninth while Park plated the margin in the seventh for their third run.  Following a one-out error in the seventh, the visitors followed with a two-out single by relief pitcher John Gallice scoring Mike Arlt making the score 3-2.

The Jays Pat Galvin tossed two innings of scoreless relief for the Jays allowing one hit and one walk.  Outfield Bryan Sanchez tallied his first hit as a Jay on a 1-4 effort, and newcomer Matt Nelson worked at 1B going 0-1 at the plate.  Chris Kelly, who started and was tagged with a loss, knocked a two-out double in the fifth at the plate and scattered five hits and three walks in seven innings, hitting two Park batsman and allowing three runs, two of which were earned.

PLJ: SP/LP-C.Kelly (7), Galvin (2) & Broderick
2B-Kelly, Cress RBI-Cress (2)

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