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Shovels and sleds replace bats and gloves

Colby Schertler threw snow with a John Deere snowblower Wednesday afternoon on the varsity baseball field. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal1 / 3
The Wadena-Deer Creek High School baseball team took matters into their own hands Wednesday afternoon by helping Mother Nature with her job of removing snow from the team's two baseball fields. Shovels, sleds and snowblowers were put to good use. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal 2 / 3
It was all hands on deck Wednesday afternoon and three-year-old Easton Dykhoff, the son of Wadena-Deer Creek Head Baseball Coach Kyle Dykhoff, was doing his part to help reduce the amount of snow on the baseball field. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal3 / 3

"We just want to play baseball," Wadena-Deer Creek Head Baseball Coach Kyle Dykhoff said as he stood on the infield of the varsity field Wednesday afternoon wearing rubber boots.

Dykhoff is no stranger to the struggles Minnesota baseball players face in the often fickle spring weather. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Dykhoff and his players put down their bats and gloves and started giving Mother Nature a hand with clearing snow from the team's two baseball fields.

Armed with snow shovels and sleds a couple dozen players and volunteers moved heavy, white snow from the fields and deposited it in foul territory. Dykhoff let everyone do their share and even had his three-year-old son, Easton, lending a hand. A few snow blowers were also employed.

After seeing six of their dates canceled by winter weather in the month of April, the team was out of patience.

Encouraged by warmer temperatures and a long-range forecast that did not include more snow, the Wolverines went into action hoping to get their outdoor season underway by the fourth week of April.

"We thought if there was something we could do to speed it up a couple days we'd do it," Dykhoff said.

The Wolverines have a home date scheduled April 27 with New York Mills.