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Covid-19 Update

Posted by Nate Perleberg at Mar 25, 2020 12:42PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

From the desk of Coach Perleberg
Covid update 3/23/20

Riders Baseball fans, I want to thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through uncharted waters. No one wants to get back on the diamond more than me. I miss our guys dearly. I’ve had a few questions lately and figured this would be a good way to get the word out…

How long will we be out of baseball? That is the million dollar question. I do know that our American Legion National headquarters in Indianapolis is evaluating the situation every 2 weeks. I will continue to post updates when we hear from them. I do know that they are very optimistic that we will have a season at some point.

Will this affect our game schedules? I think at this point we can assume that part of our early season schedule will be affected. However, one reason for playing so many games in our season is in case of rainouts, snow, and now this virus. I have already started looking at possibilities to beef up our summer schedules even more in the case that our season gets condensed and we miss out on some spring games. I can assure you that I will work hard to make sure our teams have adequate schedules when we do start back up.

How will player fees be impacted? At this point we need to see how much of our season is impacted. I do know that our board is meeting frequently and will monitor this. Where we live we could potentially lose 15-20 games every year just due to weather. At this point in time we just need to see how much of our season is impacted.

Do I still need to fundraise and sell Casino Night tickets? Yes, our seasons year in and year out are dependent upon our community and sponsors and donations. This year no doubt will be more difficult to raise money but one thing that I know about Gillette is our people will find a way to help. As for Casino Night, a decision will made at our April 6th board meeting as to the status of the May 1st event. At this point we will look at all options but we will be having the 2020 Casino Night fundraiser at some point. So please plan on selling all your tickets by the April 27 deadline.

When will the field be open again for players? Our hands are tied here because we have been mandated to shut down to all baseball activities. As soon as we can open, we will let everyone know. As for now, coaches will stay in contact with players as far as things to do at home to stay ready. Please encourage your players at home to have a daily routine and do their part in staying healthy and baseball ready.

I am remaining positive and optimistic that this will in time pass and we will have a great summer. It’s a great day to be a Rider!

-Coach Perleberg

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Posted by Nate Perleberg at Mar 21, 2020 8:46AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Attached is the schedule for the 2020 JR Riders. A special thank you to Coach Evans for putting together a great schedule.

NOTE: We will continue to monitor the COVID situation and even if some early games get cancelled, we will work to add games when it does start. We are staying optimistic for a great summer of baseball!

The document 2020_JR_Riders_Schedule.pdf was attached to this post.


When: Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 pm
Where: American Legion Hall (Upstairs) 200 Rockpile Blvd
What: Live auction of the NCAA mens Final 16 teams

Last year’s auction was a lot of fun and made the final 2 weeks of watching games really enjoyable. Join in on the fun this year!

40% of money goes to Post 42 Baseball
60% split to winners as follows
25% National Champion
15% Runner Up
10% 3rd Place
10% 4th Place

Tryouts will take place the days of March 9, 10, and 11 at Hladky Stadium. Players must have $100 tryout fee paid and all paperwork turned on in order to tryout. The entire March practice schedule is also attached.

2020 Tryout Dates Announced

Monday, March 9th
4:00 pm Grades 11-12
5:00 pm Grades 9-10
6:00-8:00 pm Grades 7-8

Tuesday, March 10th
4:00 pm Grades 11-12
5:00 pm Grades 9-10
6:00-8:00 pm Grades 7-8

Wednesday, March 11th
4:00 pm Grades 11-12
5:00 pm Grades 9-10
6:00-8:00 pm Grades 7-8


Riders senior Dalton Martin has agreed to walk-on at Miles Community College next fall. MCC has long been a pipeline for Riders players under head coach Jeff Brabant. MCC competes in the MonDak Conference at the NJCAA Division II level. Brabant is entering his 17th season at MCC, and 9th season as head coach. Last season, MCC was one series short of advancing to the NJCAA Division II World Series and this year has received votes in the NJCAA Division II pre-season polls.

Coach Brabant on Martin: “Dalton comes from a terrific program with Coach Perleberg. We feel fortunate to continue the pathway from Roughrider to Pioneer. I really liked how Dalton competes and I like his drive and passion. His style and approach to the game is exactly what we preach everyday in our program. He will fit right in and hit the ground running because we know that Coach Perleberg will have him ready. We are excited to get Dalton on campus to continue his growth on and off the field”

Dalton on choosing MCC: “I chose MCC because I liked how small it was, the student to teacher ratio and how nice everyone was. Also the team/coaches made me fit in without me really being on the team; that was probably my favorite part about it.

In 2019, Martin was a key member of a Rustlers team that finished 28-31 and 5th place at the Wyoming State “A” Tournament. Dalton hit .285, with a .440 On Base Percentage and led his team in Base on Balls with 40. Martin also logged 45 innings on the mound last summer. In 2018, Martin threw a complete game shutout in the Wyoming “B” State Championship game over Evanston.

Coach Perleberg on Martin: Dalton has been a key member of our Riders program for the past 4 years. I’m excited for Dalton and this great opportunity that he has earned. He has worked his way up through the ranks of our program and brings a good attitude to the ballpark everyday. He has had a great off-season in our facility, attended many of our academies, and has worked hard in the weightroom. I’m excited to see this hard work pay off as he competes for a spot and role this spring. Dalton has always possessed a great work-ethic and will benefit from going to a program like Coach Brabant’s where he develops the entire player and person both on and off the field.

Dalton is the son of Rich and Autumn Martin. He will graduate this May from Campbell County High School and plans to begin a degree in physical therapy at MCC. The Riders family would like to congratulate Dalton on this accomplishment and we’re excited to watch your next few years at MCC.