CLINTON — After a decade hiatus, baseball has returned to Prince of Peace.

The school suspended its baseball program in the 1990s when it was known as Mater Dei, but has revived its team for the 2006 season.

The team, which plays at the Babe Ruth Field, is playing a junior varsity schedule this year and probably next season before jumping up to varsity competition.

“We’ve got a young team with seven eighth graders, four freshmen and a sophomore,” said coach Gavin Tugana, a former Clinton High baseball player who now attends Luther College. “That’s why it’s wise not to throw them right into the fire in terms of varsity competition. We’ll have them play JV ball for a year or two and then move up to varsity.”

Tugana has been pleased with what he’s seen from the team.

“I see a lot of positive signs,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent on the team. The kids are also very disciplined and coachable, which has made my job much easier.”

Prince of Peace Athletic Director Troy Dodd is equally happy.

“It’s great to have another option for the kids in terms of athletics,” he said. “Everyone seems really excited about it. I’m looking forward to seeing how the kids develop in the upcoming years.”

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