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Kotaska take over at PL baseball coach

Jon Kotaska takes over as head coach of a Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team that finished 3-13 overall last spring.

Kotaska, a Detroit Lakes graduate who played college baseball at Bemidji State University, has been in Pequot Lakes the past three years.

“I’m hoping to really improve the number of students who play baseball as seniors at Pequot Lakes,” he said. “I also hope to work with community education, and the newly formed Diamond Club, to increase opportunities for those interested in a variety of baseball positions for a variety of ages and abilities.”

Kotaska added he would like to start a community baseball day during the high school season to “bring parents and kids of all ages to the ball park for an evening together.”

The Patriots return four letterwinners, including senior pitcher Jordan Thorson and senior outfielder Luke Florell, and junior outfielders Justin Olson and Connor Davich and junior catcher Austin Mesenbrink.

Others who could contribute are juniors Karl Satterlund and Zach Trottier, infielders; Dalton Rickard, pitcher; and Levi Peutz, outfielder.

“Our team is young with only four seniors, but will be competitive with a good mix of speed on the bases, solid defense and strong pitching,” Kotaska said.

Last year, the Patriots also finished 2-8 in the Mid-State Conference.

Assistant coaches are Jon Larson and Brett Dale. Pequot Lakes' season opener at Pine River-Backus was postponed and rescheduled as a home doubleheader on May 20.