Larry Leeds

The home opener for the Madison Broncos is Monday (tonight) against the Sioux Falls Saints at 7:30 p.m. at Flynn Field.

The Broncos opened the season with a 14-2 win over the Freeman Black Sox on Thursday.

The Broncos are revamped for 2017 with some new players and some veterans who have returned to the team.

If you haven't attended an amateur baseball game for a number of years, it is time to get back out to the ballpark. With the return of the wooden bats, the games are very competitive with pitching being really important. If there are two good pitchers going against one another, the game will get done quicker than any major league game.

The admission price for an amateur game is much cheaper than a major league game, and more than likely, you will know the amateur players on a first-name basis.

You won't have to shell out big dollars for concessions items like you do at a big league park, either.

With all that, said the amateur game is just more affordable and fun than the big league games.


ABOUT LARRY LEEDS

Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.