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Fighting Fish tryouts Sunday

The River Falls Fighting Fish amateur men's baseball team will host an open tryout this Sunday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the high school field.

Players wishing to tryout need to preregister by calling (651) 335-0030 or e-mailing

The Fighting Fish will begin their first season of play in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League (SCVBL) this summer. The team was previously known as the Spring Valley Hawks. The team will host a meat raffle fundraiser Friday night, April 18, a 7 p.m. at Johnnie's Bar.

The Fighting Fish are part of the North Division of the SCVBL that also includes the Hudson River Rats, Menomonie Eagles, New Richmond Millers, Osceola Braves and St. Croix Falls River Bandits. The South Division of the SCVBL includes the Bay City Bombers, Ellsworth Hubbers, Elmwood Express, Prescott Pirates and Plum City Blues.

The Fighting Fish will play their home games at the River Falls High School field and have planned a number of promotional events, including a magnet schedule day, free T-shirt giveaway, Salute to the Kinni Day, Armed Forces Appreciation Day and a Fan Appreciation Day.

"We have received, and continue to receive, a tremendous amount of support from the River Falls community and local businesses, and we really want to return the favor, Fighting Fish General Manager Josh Eidem said. "Not only do we want to give fans a good product on the field, but we also want to make coming to a game a fun event for the whole family."

The team plans to conduct a "Hooked on Reading with the Fighting Fish" summer reading program for youth ages 4-9 at the River Falls Public Library this summer. Various players will appear in uniform at the library at 6:45 p.m. every other Monday to read children's stories aloud beginning June 9.

The team has also announced an agreement with River Falls resident Rich Bugielski to serve as public address announcer for all home games. Bugielski has been the River Falls High School and American Legion baseball teams announcer the last two seasons.

"We're really excited to bring Rich on board because he's such a great baseball guy," Eidem said. "He knows how to create a fun atmosphere at the ballpark, and everyone in the bleachers is really going to appreciate what an excellent job he does."

More information about the Fighting Fish, including the team's 2008 schedule, can be found at