The Atlantic Ocean is about 10 minutes away.

That hasn't been a distraction yet, though.

Video games have gotten Maddux Hoaglund through the slow times so far.

Hoaglund, a 2018 Cadillac High School graduate, is playing for the Virginia Beach Shredders in the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League for five weeks.

At least that's the plan.

The Shredders' last four dates have been washed out by rain and more precipitation was in the forecast for Tuesday along the Mid-Atlantic coast.

That meant more practice and workouts with hopes of playing soon.

"So far I like it," Hoaglund said. "I've caught two of our three games and then we've been rained out the last four days.

"The coaches are pretty knowledgeable and they all have connections with other schools."

The Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League runs from June 2 to July 10 to give college players more innings, more reps and the chance to maybe move up within the game by getting them exposed to other coaches.

The league was founded in 1946 with more than 50 players moving on to play professional baseball and more than a dozen making it to the major leagues.

There are eight teams and each squad has three coaches. Players practice in the morning, work out in a weight room and then have games at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. every day — weather permitting.

Players will get 30 nine-inning games during the five weeks they're in Virginia.

Hoaglund, who was a freshman catcher at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa this past school year, wanted to play summer ball and spent some time with his family looking for a league on the Internet.

The Virginia-based league came up and he took a chance.

"This one emailed us back and wanted to see some video of me," Hoaglund said. "It's just to get more innings and get some more exposure.

"The people we work with are coaches or they know more coaches at other colleges."

Hoaglund and his teammates are staying in the dorms at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach.

At Indian Hills, Hoaglund hit .154 in 11 games with two RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. He plans to return there in the fall.

"I didn't get as much time as I wanted but I enjoyed it," he said. "I played the outfield some and being around the other players was great, too."

Indian Hills finished the season at 25-26 overall.

Editor's Note: Friends and family can support Maddux Hoaglund through a "Direct Player Support Raffle" the league offers.

The 50/50 has a top prize of $2,000 and a total prize package of $4,000. Tickets sell for $20 each and can be purchased at Debbie's This N That or Above and Beyond Screen Printing on Mitchell Street. The drawing will be held Aug. 1.

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