Amateur baseball swings into action in the lakes area this weekend as the Victory League opens its season with 10 games scheduled Sunday.
Six of those games will involve teams in the North and East Divisions, which feature players primarily from Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Little Falls and Pierz.
The 20-team league has an unbalanced alignment with four teams in the North Division, five in the East and five in the South and six in the West with the addition of the Freeport Black Sox.
All are striving to qualify for the Region 8C tournament at Pierz and Avon and a trip to the Class C state tournament in St. Cloud.
Following is a capsule of each team in the North and East:
St. Mathias Devils
Cuyuna Range Miners
Fort Ripley Rebels