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Drew Schmidgall to play baseball in Puerto Rico

Hancock High School senior, Drew Schmidgall, has joined an elite fraternity of college-bound athletes from around the country.

Schmidgall was recently chosen to represent the USA and Toledo, Ohio, as a member of Coast to Coast Baseball in Puerto Rico this winter.

During the seven day program, Schmidgall will compete against top amateur teams from great San Juan while receiving instruction from Coast to Coast staff who have all played or coached the game at the collegiate or professional level. The same staff will provide college recruiting information to both players and parents in seminar format during the trip.

Each summer and fall Coast to Coast sees approximately 2,000 players at a series of nationwide tryouts. Additionally, the organization evaluates hundreds of applications from players unable to attend a tryout event. From this pool approximately 250 roster spots - comprising 15-18 teams - are filled with players seeking to play at one of the game's highest levels. Based in Marietta, Ohio, the eight-year old program has taken more than 1,600 players from 46 states to compete in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Puerto Rico. The organization's alumni now compete at every level of college and professional baseball.

Schmidgall showcased his skills for the Coast to Coast coaches at a recent tryout at the Extra Inning facility in Brooklyn Park. At tryouts, players are evaluated in four areas: hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed. Players selected from the tryouts then have a chance to choose the Puerto Rico program, the Florida Camp & Showcase event held twice annually in Jupiter, Fla., at the Roger Dean MLB Spring-training complex or a trip to Arizona.

In addition to his passion for baseball, Schmidgall also plays football and basketball. He is involved in band, choir, FFA and Knowledge Bowl. He plans to attend North Dakota State University where he plans to major in Accounting and Business Management and eventually become a CPA.