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'Skins-Indians glad to be playing again

Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 10:17 p.m. CDT

MINOOKA - Monday's game at Minooka was different for Morris shortstop Kenny Milosovic.

Of course, everyone in the Redskins dugout wanted to be able to play, and beat, a high-caliber program like Minooka.

Yet for Milosovic, it was a different feeling. Monday was the first time Milosovic had stepped on the Indians' field since the summer after his sophomore year.

After playing his first two prep seasons in Minooka, Milosovic transferred to Morris last school year. Monday's game was different to Milosovic, who after the game said he couldn't keep a smile off his face.

"It was awesome," Milosovic said. "[I had] obviously, the biggest smile on my face the entire game. It was awesome."

Milosovic says he still talks to a lot of the players that were in the opposite dugout Monday, even saying that Indians designated hitter Austin Polcyn is his best friend.

Which made his diving stop in the hole in the bottom of the fourth that much sweeter, since it was Polcyn that was in the batters box.

"I actually talk to a lot of them almost every week," Milosovic said.

Since the Redskins left the Southwest Prairie Conference after the 2009 school year, Morris and Minooka head-to-head contests have taken a hit.

Monday was the first time the Redskins and Indians played on the baseball diamond since Morris was a member of the SPC. Morris coach Todd Kein said that the series will continue next year at Morris.

"That's the plan. As far as I know right now it should be on the schedule next year, too," Kein said. "We look forward to the competition. They're a great program. I give them all the credit in the world. That's a darn good baseball team. They're going to have a good season."

While Milosovic was all smiles after Morris' win, there was a different feeling for the Minooka players who had friends on the other side.

In the summer, Minooka senior Carson Neushwander plays for Weirs Baseball Academy out of Morris during the summer, with a number of the Redskins.

"I really wanted to win that one," Neushwander said. "I won't hear the end of that, that's for sure."

Like Kein, Indians coach Jeff Petrovic is also a fan of both schools getting together.

"I think that sometimes some of that stuff gets overplayed, like animosity between close towns, or something like that," he said. "But it has always been a rivalry for us in every sport. A lot of our guys know a lot of their guys. It's a game that certainly both teams want to win.

"I think a lot of Todd and his program. He does a nice job with his kids and I hope that we get to continue to play them."

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