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La Crosse adding team to newly formed Northwoods Softball League, team’s name will happen through contest



Loggers owner Dan Kapanke, team president Chris Goodell and Jared Flick from La Crosse Parks and Rec. speak at Loggers Field on Oct. 17, 2023, to announce a new softball team in the newly formed Northwoods League. (Photo: Brad Williams)

The La Crosse Loggers are ready to welcome a “sister” team to Copeland Park.

Loggers owner Dan Kapanke officially announced Tuesday that La Crosse will be part of the new Northwoods Softball League, which was announced a few months ago.

“So just think about right where you’re standing, we’re gonna have some of the best women college athletes in the United States, playin’ ball right here in front of us,” said Kapanke, during a news conference Tuesday at Logger Field. “And they’re gonna experience something that they’ve probably never experienced before: playing in a league, long bus rides, staying in the motels.”

The biggest question for the team, though, is ‘What will it be called?”

And we don’t have that answer, yet, because a public contest will take place to determine what the softball equivalent to the Loggers will be. But a public contest will take place to name the team. Head to LaXsoftball.com for more info on that.

Some of the changes for Loggers Field to be converted from baseball to softball will include a smaller diamond and outfield, as well as going from a pitching mound to softball’s pitching circle.

Kapanke said about 24 to 30 softball teams will be formed, to give college softball players a chance to play summer league and move to professional clubs.

La Crosse Loggers co-owner Dan Kapanke stands on Loggers field Oct. 17, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Northwoods League owner Dick Radatz, Jr., was at the ballpark Tuesday, as well. He spoke with WIZM the day they made the announcement to bring on Northwoods League Softball.

“Dan Kapanke was the one who came to me with the idea last summer,” Radatz told WIZM, “and I thought to myself, God, that’s a great idea. And you think, well, somebody must have thought of this, why is nobody doing it?”

Officials from the Loggers and the La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department also spoke about planning that has gone into the local project already.

The converted base path at the La Crosse Loggers field from baseball to softball at Copeland Park. (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. jhglhj

    October 18, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Amazing reporting! Is this going to be men’s or women’s softball?

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