Column: TEL is competitive this year

Ten games into the 2019 Tomahawk East League schedule, just two games separate the first place 7-2 Hanska Lakers from the 4-3 Springfield Tigers and the 5-4 Gibbon Reds as the TEL is as tight of a race as it has ever been.

And it could have get even tighter depending on the outcome of the New Ulm Brewers game at Springfield game last night and five games on Sunday.

Currently Hanska, which plays at the Essig Bluejays at 5 p.m. on Sunday, holds a 1/2 game lead over the 7-3 New Ulm Brewers. The Springfield Tigers sit in fifth place with a 4-3 mark.

Stark (6-3) and Lamberton (6-4) follow.

Leavenworth (5-5), Sleepy Eye (4-4) and Essig (4-5) are all bunched up with Searles (3-7) and Courtland (0-11) bringing up the TEL.

But there are some interesting games being played on Sunday in the TEL that could make the league even tighter or give teams breathing room.

Searles is at Sleepy Eye, Courtland is at Stark and Springfield is at Gibbon. All of these games have 2 p.m. first pitches.

Hanska travels to Essig for a 5 p.m. game while the New Ulm Brewers host Leavenworth at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Mueller Park.

The Springfield-Gibbon game could tighten up the race for fifth place.

The Brewers need a win Sunday against Leavenworth to keep pace with the Lakers. Lamberton (6-4) has the bye this week.

Here in New Ulm, there will be four games played at Mueller Park as part of “New Ulm Day”.

At 11 a.m., the New Ulm 14-U team battles Litchfield with New Ulm Silver hosting Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m., New Ulm Legion Gold hosts Sleepy Eye followed by the Brewers-Leavenworth game at approximately 6:30 p.m.

There will also be some “Father’s Day Specials” at Mueller Park.