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Firemenís, Frolics put on impressive shows
By Don Bowman
Once again two of
Long Haul Trucking/Miken, led by hall of fame manager Gary Jost,
fresh off a heart attack at the Smokies tournament in
In womenís play, Larry Bigleowís Mud Cats, out of the Little Canada womenís open league, played with a lot grit in winning the 2009 Firemenís Womens Open division. In the championship win, the ĎCatsí defeated the highly rated MN Ice, also out of Little Canada, in an exciting championship final! The tourney championship was costly as the Mud Cats lost at least two players with season ending injuries.
The Crystal Frolics, not to be outdone, had some fireworks of their own on July 23-26. This event features the best fireworks show in the state, a HUGE cash payout to the teams and some of the best softball played this side of the Ho Chi Minh River. Jim Wajda and his staff should be commended for all their hard work in keeping this awesome event going year to year!
Winning the 2009
menís open division were Letís Play Softball 2009 No. 1 rated,
Easton/Hooters/Rockets ball club, coached by Rob Hortenbach.
They had to overcome a very talented Outpost ball club in the finals, while a
very good Blue Line team finished third. With the $2,000 championship check, it
could mean a new paint job for team bus Shamu
O&S Cattle/Povís and Showcase/Worth, two of Minnesotaís very best,
both have chances of landing spots in two of the nationís top slow pitch
postseason events. O&S has earned enough points to battle for the last spot
in the Menís USSSA Major World Series in
Vierling benefit slated for Aug. 29
The benefit for veteran umpire Kenny Vierling, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident several weeks back, is slated for Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Farmington American Legion. Music, food, drink and door prizes will be part of the fun. We hope to see you there! This event will go a long way to help pay for some of Kennyís medical expenses, and also with give us all a chance to do something special for one of the top umpires in the state and country.
ASA Menís 35+ Tourney this weekend
The ASA menís over-35 state tournament is slated for this weekend in Sauk Rapids! The MSF staff has worked hard in putting together a great turnout of teams for 2009 with 16 teams expected!
Fastpitch galore in the Twin Cities
The Twin Cities were
loaded with top youth fastpitch talent from around
country last weekend! Tournament host sites were
In girls 10U class ĎAí play, the Mankato Peppers won going away
with Centennial and Ankeny Gold finishing second and third, respectively. In
12U ĎAí play, first place went to Frozen Rope Fury, with the Omaha Quakes and
Rickerís wins Senior World Series
the Rickerís mens softball club out of Little Canada
who won the Senior Softball World Series in Michigan on the 4th†of July weekend! Rickerís defeated a team out
WSL North American Championships
Itís not too late to
sign up and play in one of the very best softball showcase events in the
county, the World Softball Leagueís North American Championships in September
worldsoftballleague.com, come and join the fun!
Hundreds raised for the troops
The MN Vets College
Showcase tournament again raised hundreds of dollars worth of money and
supplies to send to our troops in
Spots still open in Little Canada
Fall doubleheader league openings for menís and womenís teams are still available in Little Canada on Tuesday-Thursday evenings. For more information call: 651-766-4041. They will fill fast!
MN Masters take sixth
The MN Mastersí
talented mens 60+ major ball club,
finished a respectable 6th place at the
Lewicki signs with Diamond Auto
Well traveled pitcher Aaron Lewicki, aka Lew10, as parted ways with Hoffman softball, and has been signed by Diamond Auto.
12 state C teams set for USSSA Worlds
Speaking of menís
class ĎCí softball, it looks like up to 12 state teams will be traveling to the
USSSA ĎCí Worlds at Disney