Northwoods League postpones league opener indefinitely

The 2020 season, set to begin May 26, is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic

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The Northwoods League announced Thursday that it is indefinitely postponing the start of the 2020 season because of government restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Because of the regime of governmental restrictions currently in effect and their resulting impact on the league's ability to maintain a workable schedule, the May 26th opening date for the Northwoods League teams has been postponed indefinitely league-wide," a press release stated.

The league continues to monitor the situation, the release said, and keeps "fan, player and personnel safety" as its primary focus.

The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprised of college players with college eligibility remaining. The Willmar Stingers are members and play in the Great Plains West Division with the Bismarck (N.D.) Larks, Mankato MoonDogs, Rochester Honkers and and St. Cloud Rox.

The Great Plains East includes the Duluth Huskies, Eau Claire (Wis.) Express, La Crosse (Wis.) Loggers, Thunder Bay (Ontario) Border Cats and Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks.


There are also teams in the Great Lakes West and East Divisions in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, 22 in all over the four divisions.

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Tom Elliott has been the sports editor at the West Central Tribune since September 2019.
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