Baseball: Tigers return 4 letterwinners

Pine River-Backus Baseball

PR-B's Rian Struss fields the ball during the Tigers' baseball practice Monday, April 5. Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent

The Pine River-Backus Tigers baseball coach Mike Dinnel said that his team is excited to be back on the field after losing the 2020 season to COVID-19.

“It has been two years since we’ve had baseball, and our players are eager to be back playing,” said Dinnel, who has compiled a 30-25 record in four seasons as PR-B’s head coach. “We are a young and inexperienced team, but we have good athletes who are willing and wanting to improve every day. These kids love competing, which makes me optimistic about our season and program.”

Returning letterwinners are Nolan Olivier, Trevor Redding, Owen Carlson and Dalton Middendorf.

Others who could contribute include: Irvin Tulenchik, Corbin Knapp, Rian Struss, Ethan Rugroden, Ryder Compton and Konnor King.

Ben Kinser and Jake Volk are assistant coaches for the Tigers, who finished 4-5 in the Northland Conference and 6-9 overall in 2019.


PR-B is scheduled to open the season by hosting Laporte on Tuesday, April 13. The regular season is scheduled to end May 21 at Bertha-Hewitt. The Tigers will then compete in the Section 6A playoffs.

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