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America's favorite pastime: Youthful Angels baseball kicks off the season May 8, hosting Hawley

The Detroit Lakes Angels baseball team is defying the action of aging by getting younger, with an infusion of youth in the lineup for the 2010 season.

The Angels will have several veterans returning, but have added a good amount of young, talented players.

"We have a few guys in their 30s, but have added more younger guys to the roster," said co-manager Phil Kirchner. "It's a good mix I think."

Those Angels returning from the 15-14 team from last year who have good veteran experience include Kirchner, Taylor Fuhs, Phil Doll, Bryan Buhr and Chris Gilson.

Jeff Smerud is a seasoned vet addition from Cherry, as well, and will see time pitching and in the infield.

The pitching rotation will be a bit different from a year ago, but with ace Matt Huberty returning -- but only in a limited basis.

"Matt will pitch for us on the weekends mostly," Kirchner added.

But the Angels will have some young arms on the mound, including Gilson, who had a solid season in 2009. Four-year Mayville College player Fuhs will also see some time on the mound, as will newcomer and DLHS graduate Brandon Johnson and vet Chad Griffin. Frazee graduate Trevor Tappe will be an important contributor. DLHS graduate Jon Tolbert will also provide good depth in the rotation, as well.

The Angels' defense should also be solid, with DLHS grad and U of M -- Crookston player Reed Oistad added in the infield. Jake Kiebke (DL) also will be a top-notch force in the infield, after hitting .351 last season.

Each of Oistad and Kiebke will play either second base or shortstop.

Doug Dickey is also back to catch, with Fuhs and Johnson also seeing time behind the plate.

The outfield will also be athletic with returners Marcus Mooney, Tappe and Gilson seeing time, along with Kirchner. Nate Eidenschink will also see time in the outfield.

The Angels will also hold their seasonal steak fry fundraiser May 22, at the Sandbar in DL. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Kirchner at 218-846-0613.

The Angels open their season May 8, by hosting Hawley.