Here’s a warm thought to get you through the coming cold: It’s less than 200 days until the next Duluth Huskies home game.
The 2018 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series runners-up will host the Eau Claire Express at Wade Stadium at 3:05 p.m. June 2, a Sunday.
The Northwoods League on Friday announced its entire 2019 schedule, which features two new teams and a divisional realignment.
The league will now be split into the Great Plains and Great Lakes divisions. The Huskies will compete in the Great Plains East division along with Eau Claire, La Crosse, Thunder Bay and Waterloo. (Despite its location on the shores of a Great Lake, Duluth appears to have been kept out of that division due to the number of Michigan and Wisconsin clubs in the league.)
The two new teams joining this year are the Kokomo Jackrabbits and Traverse City Baseball, which the Northwoods League says makes it the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams.
“In creating this new structure, we believe the fans, players, and our affiliates will have an enhanced overall experience, and we look forward to making more refinements in the near future that are aimed at raising the bar even higher,” league president Gary Hoover said in a news release.
The Huskies, who are returning manager Tyger Pederson for a second season, will kick off their 72-game campaign at Thunder Bay on May 28. Duluth went 47-25 in the regular season last year and lost the league championship in three games to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.
Visit www.northwoodsleague.com/schedule to view the entire schedule.