PL April Hotstove: The Latest News on Lakers, Mudcats & Jays Hardball!

By Joseph Chapman

Welcome to PL April Hotstove, the Latest News on your local 9’s…

-Lakers Off To Quick Start in SSC

The Prior Lake Lakers are off to a 4-0 start in early season action in the highly competitive South Suburban Conference and bagged their 1st Section 2AAAA win over Shakopee 4-1 this week. The PL Lakers were defeated thrice by Shakopee in 2016 and tallied a 13-10 overall record with a 1-6 regular season Section mark winning their playoff opener over Eden Prairie 3-0 before a 10-5 loss to Shakopee and 4-1 loss to Chanhassen ended their season in 2016. Continued best wishes to Coach Nesbitt and the 2017 PL Lakers.

The 2017 PL Lakers have added Coach Al Iverson to the staff. Iverson brings an impressive track record of success from head coaching stints with Apple Valley and Lakeville South. Welcome Coach Iverson!

2017 QRF rankings/results

PLABA Lakers Preview-Schedule Link

-PLABA Veterans Field Improvements for 2017

Baseball fans will note additions and improvements to their experience at Veterans Field in 2017. The now familiar “fan table” spools have been replaced by the City of Prior Lake. The replacements are a commercial grade product made from recycled plastic and should provide many years of use as PLABA found that the painted cable spools had started to deteriorate from the elements. PLABA hopes to add umbrellas to enhance the look and fan experience for fans.

Former PL Laker standout pitcher Nick Hanson was been recognized as the 2016 Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year and the accomplishment recognized with a display banner at Veterans Field. Hanson, a 3rd round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2016 is in rehab from an arm injury and has PLABAs best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to rejoin the Reds. Hanson had been committed to the University of Kentucky prior to the draft and professional offer.

The PLABA also has continued Vet improvements with upgrades & repairs to public address speakers (which had blown tweeters & fuse) and popcorn machine in the Vet Cafe which had extensive issues addressed. Additional updates and improvements will be expected for 2017, stay tuned…

-Mudcats to Open 27th Season Sunday 4/23

The 2016 DRS 3rd Place and Region 3C playoff Champion PL Mudcats expect much of the roster that resulted in a Final 16 MBA Class “C” finish and 21-9 overall record to return. Started in 1991 by the PL Jays (which evolved to form the PLABA) the ‘Cats hope to follow the most successful season in team history with a return to the MBA State Championship Tournament to be hosted in 2017 by Green Isle, Hamburg and Norwood. KCHK, radio home of DRS Baseball, will be airing a DRS Preview LIVE from the Doublewide in New Market Wed 4/19, tune in!

The PL Mudcats will join forces with the PL Jays on their annual “PL Townball Classic” 4 person scramble at Creek Bend Golf Club Saturday 5/6 for a NOON shotgun start.

Vars & JVars Schneider ponder the ‘Cats 2017 season…

Congratulations to long time Mudcat & former PL Jay Levi Schneider & Kelsey on the arrival in early March of Axton Jeffery Schneider who was born 3/6/17 coming in at 9 pounds 13 oz 21 inches.


2017 Mudcats season preview, schedule & more!

KCHK Radio

Golf Tournament

-PL Jays Prepare for 2017

Preview for the 2017 Jays will be posting in coming weeks. The Jays will be adding talent & depth to the roster and hoping to turn the corner in Section 3B from recent seasons under Manager Scott Geisler. The Jays are slated to lift the lid on 2017 traveling to the LeSeuer Braves in exhibition action on Friday May 19 before opening the home schedule with a 2017 Home Opener Sunday May 21 hosting the powerful Jordan Brewers for 2:00PM action in a RVL exhibition game. With the Savage Outlaws folding and playoff date changes in Section 3B, the Jays are seeking to add games to the 2017 schedule. Section 3B includes the RVL East as well addition of the Burnsville Bobcats and Eagan Bandits with 4 of 7 teams advancing to the MBA Class “B” Championship Tournament hosted by Green Isle, Hamburg and Norwood.

-LINK: Local College ballers link.

Follow PL baseball all Summer long via the Prior Lake American which also has Twitter feed and Facebook page to help keep local fans informed with the latest!