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Rhinelander Alumni Baseball Game attracts Hodags of all ages
RHINELANDER - Former Hodag baseball players made their way back to Rhinelander this weekend to re-live the glory days.

Alumni from the 70's to present day hit the diamond for a good ol rubber match.

"It gives people the chance to come together, get together and have a good time," said 2000 Rhinelander graduate Ben Ives.

"It gives me a chance to come back to Rheinlander and see some old friends and show them how it's done," said 1972 Rhinelander graduate Ken Pazdernik.

Ken made his way north from Ellsworth, Wisconsin. He has been playing baseball every single summer since he was five years old.

"It feels great to be able to get out there and move around, once you can't move around and it doesn't make sense to play anymore. But you never know when your last year will be," Pazdernik said.

The older alumni like to show the younger players what it takes to be Hodag.

"See us older guys, we are more about quality at bats you know and we are just going to take it to these young bucks whether they are on our team, same team or other team," Ives said.

And whoever wins gets bragging rights for the next year.

"The competition is good, it's fun. We don't go 150 percent we are just out here to have some fun," Ives said.

But no matter who wins....

"We are friends before, during and after the game," Pazdernik said.

We want to send Ben Ives some good vibes this week.

He broke his leg during the game this afternoon while trying to steal third base.

The good news is; he was safe but he probably has a long road ahead to recovery. 


Story By: Mazie Vincent


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