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Yellowjackets ready to head indoors

One of the joys or pains of the spring sports season is the constant radar watching that coaches and Activities Directors have to do on a daily basis. For one scheduled game this year, the Perham baseball team won’t have to radar watch. The Yellowjackets are heading indoors on April 22, taking on Fargo South at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

Perham head coach Kyle Van Dyke said the opportunity fell into his lap. He said with the support from Activities Director Erin Anderson, they were able to make this opportunity happen.

“This is such an awesome opportunity to build a great memory that will stick with the kids for a long time,” Van Dyke said. “To be able to play in a professional stadium is a once in a lifetime opportunity. On top of that, it’s the first year of US Bank Stadium being open, so that makes it even more unique. I’m just really grateful of the incredible support from the school, district, program and community to make it happen for the kids.”

Van Dyke said it’s an opportunity for many of the kids who haven’t had the opportunity to attend a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. He said it’s pretty cool how many players have said to him how grateful they are for this opportunity.

“This just really shows how great the community, school, coaches, parents and teachers are in Perham to instill these character traits and perspective,” Van Dyke said.

Playing at the U.S. Bank Stadium will produce some unique opportunities. Van Dyke said the stadium is very bright and will provide a unique backdrop for pop flies.

“One coach said that they did not have any lights turned on and it was still incredibly bright. With the design of the stadium, it really does feel like you are outside, but without the elements of the wind, cold or precipitation,” Van Dyke said. “It can also be very warm inside. With the turf surface, it will play a little faster and bouncier than fields we are used to playing at. But, it is one of those things that both teams will have to adjust to.”

Van Dyke expects a strong game against Fargo South. He said they are a quality team and playing well so far.

“Head coach Donn Bryant does a fantastic job over there,” Van Dyke said. “I know that his team will be ready to play.”

First pitch is set for noon at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 22.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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