NEW ULM - The New Ulm Kaiserhoff, Hanska and Waseca were three of the teams that were reclassified into Class C Saturday by the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Association (MSABA).
All three had requested to be dropped to Class C from Class B.
Also dropped to Class C was Dassel-Cokato along with seven others.
The MSABA dropped the number of Class B amateur baseball teams in Minnesota to 38. All the rest of the amateur teams, with the exception of the Class A Metro area, will be in Class C.
They also dissolved the draft of baseball players for tournament play in Class B. No class B team will be allowed to draft any players for tournament play.
In Class C, the draft is restricted to only pitchers and they will not be allowed to hit in games that they pitch in.
Class C teams will also not be allowed to draft catchers as they have in the past.
The MSABA acknowledged that there is something broken in Class B and hoped that this was a step in the right direction with the reclassification and draft limits.
KOHN, BURGAU PLAYING IN NAHL: Former New Ulm High School hockey players Cody Kohn nd Beau Burgau are playing in the North American Hockey League with Springfield (Ill.) and Owatonna respectively.
Kohn, a defenseman, has played in 28 games for the Express and has four assists.
Kohn said that he is happy with the way things are going for him in his first season in the NAHL.
"The biggest adjustment that I have had to make in my game is the speed," he said. "The game is a lot faster. Plus you need to be more aggressive with your play."
He said that the game is now a mix of physical and skill.
Kohn said that right now he is basically playing on the penalty kill for Springfield.
"Here the players are a lot faster and quicker on the power play," he said. "It is more of a systems-game. Everyone needs to know where they are supposed to be to stop the other team from scoring."
Kohn said that the biggest thing that he has learned to adjust to is the number of games.
In high school hockey, he played around 28 games in a season. He is already at that many games and the season is still relatively young.He has 30 more regular season games and then playoffs.
"It is more of a grind," he said. "You play a three-game series in three straight days. It gets to be tiring. You find out how tough you actually are with all of those games."
Kohn said that he is hoping that playing in the NAHL will expose him to some college teams.
"There are always D-I schools in the building watching games."
When asked what aspect of high school hockey in New Ulm that he would like to be changed he said a tougher schedule.
"I think that New Ulm needs to play against the big boys from the Twin Cities. And they need to play more games."
Burgau, who has played Junior Hockey with Wanatchee, Washington and Janesville, Wisconsin before being traded from Janesville to Owatonna, agreed that playing a tougher non-conference schedule and more games would also be something that he would change.
Burgau, who was traded to Owatonna from Janesville, Wisconsin in September, said that beng traded twice in four years is tough.
"It is difficult, it is a change," said Burgau, who has played in 125 games. "It is difficult coming in a month into the season when players are getting close with teammates. You are the new guy and no one knows you yet. It is an adjustment from team to team with systems and how different coaches coach. So far everything has gone well in Owatonna."
In 16 games for Owatonna, Burgau has two goals and four assists as a defenseman.
"I am on the power play and penalty kill here in Owatonna," he said. "I am playing a lot here.
"My hockey sense has improved," he said. "I am learning about body-positioning and how to use my stick."
Burgau's younger brother, Blake, a goalie on the NUHS hockey team, represents 10 straight years that a Burgau has played high school hockey for the Eagles.
TAUER NEW COACH: Rob Tauer, who played high school hockey at NUHS is the new hockey coach at Sleepy Eye Pubic. The Indians have one of the longest road trips in Minnesota as they play two games in Two Harbors this season.
LEGION COACHES APPLY: Anyone who is interested in coaching legion baseball here in New Ulm, this summer needs to apply to Post 132 in writing ASAP. Even if you coached last year, you must re-apply....This year's Upper Midwest Classic has officially expanded from 12 teams to 16.