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Play ball! Renegades looking for improvement in second season

The Jefferson City Renegades will open the 2018 MINK League season Wednesday at home vs. Sedalia. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- Call Year One for the Jefferson City Renegades an experiment.

Well, they survived the experiment ... and they're baa-aack.

It's now officially an experience --- it's our own independent baseball team complete with bounce houses and dance and hula hoop contests and other festivities that make these games their own, unique experience.

Fun.

It's what brought Mike DeMilia back for more.

"It was a heck of a lot of fun last year," said the Renegades' second-year head coach. "I love coaching college baseball (he was head coach at Lincoln and an assistant at Truman State) and even though these aren't my guys all year, for two months, at least, I can be a part of their development.

"We're looking to build on what we did last year."

Last year, the Renegades were a competitive 20-26, losing in the first round of the MINK playoffs.

"It's not just summer baseball, everybody wants to win," Renegades Team President Steve Dullard said. "They want to win the MINK League championship."

MINK stands for Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, and all of those states had teams when the league was formed --- dating all the way back to 1910. Now, maybe it should be called MI --- seven of the eight teams are in Missouri, one is in Iowa.

There was never any doubt, Dullard said, the Renegades would return for Season 2, even though the organization lost money last year.

"We learned a lot, like exactly how much we needed to raise to operate," said Dullard, as the Renegades prepare to host the Sedalia Bombers in the season opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Vivion Field. "We lost money, but I think we'll be just fine.

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