By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — For the second-straight year, the Marshfield Chaparrals earned honors in the Best of Marshfield Sporting Event category.
The amateur adult summer baseball team has a long history in the city.
“Our history really goes back into the 1950s, but we do not have any records from that far back,” said Adam Severt, vice president on the Chaparrals’ board of directors. “We did find a board of directors bylaw book from 1983, and the meetings were held at Prince Corporation.”
The Chaparrals typically feature local and college athletes, but anyone can try out for the team.
“We usually take over 20-year-olds because of the success of our Marshfield Clinic Legion baseball team, and you can be as old as you want to play,” added Severt.
Tryouts are hosted a few times before the season starts. The season consists of approximately 24 games with home games played at Jack Hackman field.
Games are free to attend with various amenities and activities for fan enjoyment.
“We have a picnic license with the city to allow us to sell hot dogs, brats, popcorn, and candy with beverages from soda, water, Gatorade, and beer sales,” explained Severt.
He added, “For the kids … we have to offer — if the kid retrieves a foul ball and brings it back to the concession stand, they get 50 cents and a chance to sign up to win a bike at the last home game of the season (with) boy and girl winners.
“Before each home game, kids can run the bases and have a chance to win prizes from our great sponsors. Each game we choose a ‘Beer Batter’ from the visiting team, and if that players strikes out, beverages for the next half inning are half price. Each year our last home game, we host Fan Appreciation Night, and we offer food and drink specials, and the prizes have more value.”
To view the 2017 Chaparrals schedule, visit marshfieldchaps.com/gameschedule.