It was here just a couple of years ago where Nate Baumann starred for the Augie baseball program. After a year in the Frontier League, the two time All-American is back in Sioux Falls with the Canaries, where he has received a warm welcome home.
"It's awesome. Every game I hear somebody yelling Go Augie and Go Vikings and all of that stuff and it's great to be able to hear that type of stuff when I'm playing at home." says Baumann.
Although Baumann started the year on the bench, manager Steve Shirley thinks he is getting into the groove of the American Association, moving Nate into the starting lineup after the first few weeks.
"I think Nate is doing a good job for us, it is a big transition to go from college to pro ball. He went from college to the Frontier League to this league which is a little bit more mature a little bit more experienced league and he is doing a good job for us." says the Marshall Minnesota native.
It's that maturity that Shirley has noticed, moving Baumann from the bench, to batting 9th to moving him into the heart of the lineup, where he thinks he can thrive.
"I think that he is the type of hitter where you put him in a certain position expecting certain things from him and he understands those expectations and has been doing his best to keep up." says Baumann.
And for Baumann, he is just looking to help out the Birds any way he can.
"Winning games and being able to stay in the lineup consistently has already been something I have set for myself. Hitting my own personal goals of home runs hits and RBI's and all of that stuff, being able to hit some of them goals would be awesome." says Baumann.