In Kidder County Cadon Schmidt is in his second year as head coach. And for the past two seasons, he has to deal with this two younger brothers.
At the beginning of last season, Cadon Schmidt was not sure if he would take the head coaching position with his two brother still eligible to play.
“I thought it would just be a conflict of interest with them,” Cadon said. “I didn’t know how much I was going to get out of them.”
And the first season provided some rocky moments.
“They definitely didn’t think that big brother knew baseball,” Cadon said. “They thought that they knew more. They didn’t trust my ways.”
When the two younger brothers listen — Kamen and Taren — they found out Cadon know his stuff.
“[Cadon] played club baseball at NDSU,” Kamen said, “so he’s helped me out with techniques and throwing pitches. He’s helped me out a lot doing that.”
For the younger Schmidts, they had to adjust to older brother being in charge.
“It’s weird at first having your brother coach,” Kamen said, “especially when your brother is tell you to do things in front of a lot of people.”
The super competitive brothers hate losing. So when the team does not perform well, they could stay up until 2 a.m. talking about the game.
“Usually my mom takes [Kamen] inside,” Taren said. “My dad takes [Cadon] inside. So I’m usually the one out every time.”
But that doesn’t mean the youngest brother does not voice his opinion.
“I always lose in the argument,” Taren said.
The Schmidt family is in a unique situation this year, and that is just fine with them.
“It’s different,” Taren said. “I kind of like different I guess.”
All three Schmidt brothers say they love the experience and would not trade it for the world.
Kidder County’s next game is Monday against the Bismarck Senators.