Baseball: Young Patriots look to learn quickly

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Pequot Lakes pitcher Erik Larsen practices on the mound for the Patriots on Thursday, April 1. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

A young Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team will need to be “quick learners” this spring, especially after COVID-19 canceled last season.

“We will have a young team this year, with only four seniors, and are coming in with a lot to learn over the course of the season,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Kotaksa, who is starting his ninth season as head coach. “Missing the 2020 season has put a lot of teams in a situation where players will need to learn quickly, and gather experience that they would have gained last year.”

Kotaska added that the Patriots “will also be looking at players in a lot of positions to see where everyone can succeed and help the team” this spring.

“We will also be working to develop as many pitchers as we can in a short time to take the strain off pitching arms in the early part of the season,” Kotaska said.

Returning letterwinners for Pequot Lakes are Erik Larsen and Nik Kotaska. Others who could contribute are Alex Morgan, Cole Trottier, Sam Rysavy, Robbie Stephens and Evin Ruud.


The Patriots finished 8-2 in the Mid-State Conference and 13-8 overall in 2019.

Pequot Lakes was scheduled to open at home against Upsala on Friday, April 2. The Section 6A playoffs are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 1.

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