Courtesy Photo Last summer Haake hit seven homeruns for the Yorkton Cardinals of Canada's Western Major Baseball League. If Haake is able to put up similar numbers this summer, he will be geared up for RMAC pitching next year.
Most college students spend their summer relaxing or making money, but Loper first baseman Andrew Haake will be getting experience that money can’t buy.
This summer Haake will be playing for the Willmar Stingers of Minnesota. The Stingers play in the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate baseball league that is known for drawing big crowds and signing countless major league prospects to play each summer.
Head baseball coach Damon Day said, “The level of play that you will find in the Northwoods League is as good as you will find in any collegiate league in the country.”
Coach Day prefers that his players continue improving their game in the offseason by playing summer ball. The summer is an opportunity for college baseball players to work on the weak points of their game while the competition is taking it easy.
Haake will be playing with and against an elite group of athletes and plans to soak in everything he can. “I will be playing with a lot of talented teammates so I plan to learn from them so that I can become a better baseball player,” Haake said.
On the mound, pitchers with talent for days who holster cannons for arms will be doing everything they can to keep the left-handed hitting Loper off the bases. Haake will be challenged on a nightly basis by elite competition.
“The pitchers will expose Haake’s weaknesses early and force him to make adjustments to be successful,” Day said.
The coaching staff is eager to see the success Haake has during the summer carry over to the 2011 baseball season. “The adjustments he makes hopefully will translate to him having a huge senior year for the Lopers next year,” Day said.
Haake has only one goal for this coming summer and it appears attainable given the once in a lifetime opportunity that awaits him. “My personal goal for this summer is to return a better all-around baseball player than when I left,” Haake said.
If Haake can use this summer to improve in the few weak areas of his game, next year he could be the guy that leads the Lopers to another successful season.