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Kids have fun learning national pastime

Beau Lampela (left) and Olivia Wermter are ready for the hit during a game between the Cubs and the Nationals. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)1 / 6
Dalton Seagren makes a pitch from a temporary mound that turns fields during a game. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)2 / 6
Lainee Anderson swings at a pitch. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)3 / 6
Olivia Swardstrom heads towards first base after a hit during a game July 24 at Odegard Park in Two Harbors. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)4 / 6
Jacob Swardstrom crosses home plate during a game between the Braves and the Twins. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)5 / 6
The Cubs' Tori Ulanowski watches from first base with a sense of style during a July 24 game at Odegard Park in Two Harbors. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)6 / 6

Odegard Park in Two Harbors comes alive Monday to Wednesday mornings each week during the summer, with kids filling its fields and enjoying the summer sun and playing baseball with the Two Harbors Little League program.

Two Harbors native Will Peterson manages the league and Two Harbors High School student athletes Tori Bott, Brett Olson and Carson Wenger help coach the kids, ages 7-12.

Depending on age and skill level, kids either pitch on a mound brought out to change the fields from a softball field, or one of the coaches pitches.

Mistakes are made, balls are dropped and throws sometimes go wild, but the players are able to learn the national pastime in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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