Lake Linden considers adding baseball team

Daily Mining Gazette file photo Carter Crouch, shown here hitting in a Copper Country Flames American Legion game this season, might soon be batting for Lake Linden High School if the district decides to add a baseball team to the athletic program.

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell High School students could be hitting the diamond and representing their school in the great American pastime next spring.

Faculty representative Leon Sutherland spoke to the district’s School Board at its meeting Monday about creating a high school baseball team.

After discussion with athletic staff, they did an informal survey of seventh- through 10th-graders to gauge interest in the team. About 11 said they would, while another 22 said they might.

“We’re slowly moving forward in the exploration of it, but before we got too far, we wanted to know if that’s something the board would entertain as a possibility,” Sutherland said.

As with the school’s softball team, the program would be self-funded, Sutherland said. Superintendent Craig Sundblad said the district provides only transportation.

Sutherland said the team would hope to use the field in Wolverine.

“The next thing for me would be to find ways to finance it, and I didn’t want to go out and start asking people without knowing that it’s something that would be supported,” he said.