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It's Opening Day ... of wiffle ball season in Andover

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The local nine may be having their troubles in Minneapolis, but for the local three (or four) in Andover the season is just getting started.

A Saturday doubleheader marks the return of Andover Major League Wiffle Ball.

It's a backyard league with all the games played at "Ploh Park" which is replete with a backstop, foul pole, and a mini version of Fenway Park's green monster, the Andover MLW site says.

As ABC Newspapers explains it's the brainchild of Sam Plohasz, a 2015 graduate of Andover High, and his fellow league commissioner Alex Keeney.

They've set up a 16-game regular season, complete with an All-Star game, playoffs, and a World Series.

While there are now four teams, Plohasz tells ABC Newspapers anyone is welcome to play – by joining a team or starting a new one.

In fact, they've been trying to recruit new faces ever since Parker Janske hit a grand slam to help the Mariners win the World Series in the league's inaugural season last summer. See if this video doesn't whet your wiffle appetite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObB6-SQptTk&feature=youtu.be

Andover MLW is part of Major League Wiffle Ball which started in Massachusetts in 2007, ABC Newspapers says.

Wiffle ballers have been known to play by different sets of rules so MLW has standardized them (six balls for a walk, two strikes for a strikeout).

As you can see from the lineups, some of the Andover teams use a designated hitter while others do not.

https://twitter.com/AndoverMLW/status/730947358914043904

https://twitter.com/AndoverMLW/status/730946913961287681

To make Opening Day even more special, the league has an added innovation for each player's first at bat: walk up music.

Finally, we need no better excuse to pull from the archives the remarkable catch (featured on ESPN) that a Macalaster College student made a few years ago during a summer wiffle ball tourney in Vermont.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32z3PjktLJA

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