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Medical Lake's defending baseball champs like their role


Paul Delaney

Medical Lake assistant baseball coach Ryan Reitmeir helps Jacob Steinmetz with his batting stance during a recent indoor workout for the defending Northeast A League champion Cardinals. Medical Lake hopes to get outside for xgames this week, today (March 20) at 5 p.m. against Davenport in a nonleague game and Saturday at 11 a.m. in a doubleheader versus Newport to open the NEA schedule.

Medical Lake will approach the 2014 Northeast A League baseball season from a new vantage point.

As the defending league champs.

"That's a nice feeling to begin the season with that crown, but as I told the boys from day one it comes with a target," head coach Kerry Kelly said. "

The Cardinals logged a 20-4 record last year, reaching the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before falling to Cascade of Leavenworth 17-7. That turnaround came after going 1-18 in 2012.

Medical Lake opens the 2014 season Thursday, March 20 versus Davenport in a nonleague game at 5 p.m. and a Saturday, 11 a.m. do...

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