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Frenzel joins Wisconsin summer team

Cole Frenzel

A UCLA first baseman's bad luck benefitted the first baseman for the rival Arizona Wildcats.

Wildcats sophomore-to-be Cole Frenzel, a Dickinson High School graduate, arrived in Wisconsin on Friday to begin playing for the LaCrosse Loggers' summer wood-bat baseball team in the Northwoods League.

Loggers general manager Chris Goodell said Frenzel will take over a first baseman spot left vacant after UCLA's Dean Espy, who had previously committed to playing in LaCrosse, injured his hand after punching a bench in the dugout Tuesday night during the Bruins' College World Series loss to South Carolina.

Frenzel said he was nearly ready to sign a contract to play for the Alexandria (Minn.) Beetles before LaCrosse called.

"Espy was supposed to come here and he got hurt, so they called me right before I committed to Alexandria," Frenzel said.

Frenzel agreed to play for the Loggers on Thursday after taking nearly a month away from baseball to spend time with his family and friends.

"I got a nice little break, got to spend time with my family and go fishing a little bit," Frenzel said.

The Loggers look to be a good fit for Frenzel since they have Arizona third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean and several players from other Pac-10 schools.

"He looks like he is going to be a real nice fit for us," Goodell said.

Goodell added that the Loggers are also excited about Frenzel because he knows his way around wood bats. The 20-year-old played five years of high school wood-bat baseball for Dickinson High.

"Usually someone who has swung wood before has an advantage coming in," Goodell said.

Frenzel said the Loggers' coaches have told him they expect him to begin playing immediately.

"If they throw me in, I guess I'm ready to go," Frenzel said.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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