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Minnesota Men’s Fastpitch Pitcher Classification List

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Kevin Kammueller of Eagle Pack was a workhorse in the 2016 International Softball Congress (ISC) Legends tourament pitching five games and finishing 4-1 to earn All-Tournament honors. Kammueller is rated a Class B pitcher for 2017 according to the Minnesota Sports Federation. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC Legends Tournament

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Sports Federation rates men’s fastpitc pitchers according to their ability from D to B skill levels. The MSF has no pitchers rated at the Class A or Open level.

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  • Class B & D, Aug. 4-6, Coon Rapids, Minn.
  • Class C, Aug. 11-13, North Mankato, Minn.
  • Modified Pitch, Aug. 26-27, Hollywood / New Germany, Minn.
  • Check out SCIFl website for up-to-date bracket results

    Saturday, April 8th, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) President, Jesse Ortiz, who is also the tournament director for the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, is up-dating the the NAFA A, A-Major, and AA / AA-Major brackets as quickly as possible on the SCIFL website.


    A Bracket
    A-Major Bracket
    AA / AA-Major Bracket

    TWO BIG GAMES Saturday feature Minnesota’s Marchio Sausage Co. vs. So. California’s J & B Painting in a AA-AA/Major semifinal takes place at Sunset Park (Field 11) at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Northeast Naturals taking on TJ Fastpitch of Mexico at 3 p.m.

    Come out to Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park softball fields to watch some top-caliber men’s fastpitch played by ball clubs from Mexico, Canada and the United States.

    Remembering Peters Packers of Eau Claire, one of Wisconsin’s best in the 1960s

    Monday, February 13th, 2017

    1963 PETERS PACKERS won the Wisconsin State Championship with its roster, front row from left, Don Lee, Ron Buckli, Larry Bergh, Ted Lahner, Jim Peuse, John Schaaf and DeBug Johnson. Back row, left, equipment manager Merrill Semingson, manager Duke Severson, Jim Bollinger Harv Tomter, Jon Wensel, Gene Golden, Al Mitchell, Coach Jim Warden, Don Amundson, Bobo Johnson. Missing is Tex Brooks. Photo Green Bay Press-Gazette / Sat. Aug. 24, 1963

    AUSTIN, Minn. – Peters Packers tries for a fourth straight championship in the fifth annual 1965 Midwest Invitational Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Austin, Minn.

    Peters faces Loesch’s Bar of Hastings, Minn., in its opening game Saturday at 9:30 a.m. In all, there are 32 teams entered from five states. The tournament is considered one of the finest in the Midwest. Peters won the previous three titles, defeating Scandia in the finals last year.

    Peters, 21-8 for the season, will count on the slants of Gary Watland, Al Mitchell and Tex Brooks. Manager Diz Kronenberg is back at the helm.


    Some of the other top teams include: Scandia, Austin Moose, Sioux Falls, S.D. Truckers, Ft. Dodge, Iowa Hormel and Minneapolis King of Clubs.

    Catcher Don Amundson will miss the tournament due to an injury, but leads the team with 8 home runs, and 21 RBI.

    JON WENSEL has taken over the club’s batting lead, rapping .359 on 23 hits in 64 trips. Fred Golden is second with a .353 average and five home runs.

    BROOKS, unbeaten in five games, has an 0.23 ERA to lead the pitchers, while notching two, two-hitters. Watland, 9-5, has a 0.83 ERA with 140 strikeouts in 93 inning. He has thrown a no-hitter, one-hitter, and two-hitter. Mitchell is 7-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 76 innings.

    A Step Back In Time: Root and Lunz lead Mankato Players Lounge to Winona softball title

    Monday, February 13th, 2017

    Winona Daily News
    June 28, 1971

    WINONA, Minn. – Players Lounge jumped on a faltering Carl Aegler for four home runs and coasted to a 9-1 triumph over Club Midway of Fountain City in Sunday’s title game of the 1971 Winona Invitational Softball Tournament.

    Aegler, starting his fifth game in sweltering heat, was greeted by Mankato’s Gary Lunz, who belted a homer deep over the left-field fence in the first inning. Then after a single by Les Dittrich, Jerry Flanagan clouted another round-tripper over the deepest part of the centerfield to make it 3-0.

    DALE ROOT, picked up the win after earlier shutting out Ronnie’s Bar of Ettrick, Wisc., 5-0, in the quarterfinals earlier in the afternoon. He apparently was at full strength throughout the championship tilt.

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    Stepping Back In Time: Walt Nelson Hurls No-Hit Masterpiece For Sandusky’s Stroh’s Beer

    Thursday, February 9th, 2017

    WALT NELSON pitched for outstanding teams in Minnesota from 1961 to 1972, and in Ohio from the early 1950s until 1961 when he moved to Hastings, Minnesota. Courtesy Photo / Steve Nelson

    The Sandusky Register / Sandusky, Ohio
    July 31 1958

    Stroh’s Ace Faces 21 Batters

    NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson grabbed the spotlight in the opening night of the Fifth District Amateur Softball Association tournament here Wednesday night at McQuan Park by tossing a glittering no-hitter.

    Nelson faced 21 batters as Sandusky Stroh’s Beer handcuffed the defending champion Fremont Schick’s, 5-0, after the Tiffin Spartans downed Lorain United Polish Club, 4-3.

    The big right-hander struck out 15 and didn’t issue any bases on balls in hurling his masterpiece, although two runners reached base. Nelson hit one and the other reached base on an error, but both were cut down trying to steal in the second inning by catcher Walt Nicholson.

    Second baseman Carl Michels saved Nelson’s no-hitter in the sixth inning with a sparkling play in which he went behind the base to haul in a sharp grounder and threw the man out.

    Nelson made sure of the next batters himself by striking out the last four he faced.

    Stroh’s scored once in the first and third innings on a passed ball and an error, adding three in the fifth with Dan Majoy and Nelson rapping out back-to-back singles to open the inning.

    Stroh’s collected six singles off the servings of Curt Bowser and reliever Jack Kaiser, with Nelson getting two of them.

      Stroh’s Hurler Walt Nelson Selected Most Valuable Player

    The Sandusky Register
    Wed. Oct. 28, 1959

    NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Norwalk Softball League Tuesday night at the Norwalk Softball Association’s annual banquet.

    The Sandusky Stroh’s Beer pitcher received 137 votes, the highest ever polled. Gordon Schaechterle of Brooker Brothers, placed second with 109.

      Stroh’s Hurt Erie Lumber’s Title Plans

    The Sandusky Register
    Wed. Aug. 14, 1957

    Walt Nelson a one-man gang

    SANDUSKY, Ohio – Walt Nelson was the fly in the ointment for Erie County Lumber in Sandusky Softball League action Tuesday night at Battery Park as Stroh’s Beer copped a 6-3 decision.

    NELSON HURLED a four-hitter at the Lumbermen and drove in three runs with a double and single as Stroh’s dashed the Lumbermen’s hopes of a SSL title.

    The loss dropped Erie one game back of the Rockets and only one more game to go with the Rockets and Erie Lumber squaring off Sunday night a 7 o’clock.

    Stroh’s jumped on losing pitcher Dan Renz for two runs in the second inning. Don Stellrecht led off with a single and scored on Nelson’s double; Nelson later scored on an infield out.

    Stroh’s added four more in the third frame with Stellrecht and Nelson each driving in a pair of markers with singles.

    ERIE LUMBER narrowed the margin in the fourth as Bob Peters whacked out a round-tripper after Paul Nemitz had walked.

    Erie threatened in the sixth inning by loading the bases before Nelson retired the last man on a strikeout.

    Nelson struck out six for the third-place teams, while Renz gave up five hits and struck out three.

    Great players spur Hastings Loesch’s Bar to championship run in the 1960s

    Friday, February 3rd, 2017

    Loesch’s Bar of Hastings, Minnesota won two state championships during the 1960s, along with numerous tournaments. Team members holding the tournament trophies they won are from left, Jim Schnieder (deceased), Walt Nelson ( deceased), Clayt McNamara, Dave Amy ( deceased), Pat Orman, unknown player, Dick Bacon, Curt Thalburg, Don Amy, Gene Hageman, Larry McNamara, Dave Bacon and Tom Niederkorn. Bat boys, Kirk Van Guilder, left, and Tom Schneider. Missing are manager Red Van Guilder (deceased) and Tom Swanson. Photo Courtesy of Steve Nelson.

    HASTINGS, Minn. – It takes talent to make a fastpitch team great, and back in the 1960s Hastings was brimming with it.

    Located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, small town Hastings (pop. 8,000 in 1960) produced outstanding players such as twins Don and Dave Amy; brothers Jack and Tom Swanson, Curt Thalberg, Gary Kordosky, Larry McNamara, Gene Hageman, Tom Niederkorn and Walt Nelson.

    They put Hastings on the ‘fastpitch’ map by winning big games and big tournaments throughout the state.

    But the biggest prize was winning the Amateur Softball Association state tournament. And in 1961, 1964 and 1965, Hastings teams brought home the championship trophy, along with finishing runner-up twice, 1962 and 1966.

    However, one Hastings team stood out: Loesch’s Bar which won the 1964 and 1965 titles and finished runner-up in 1966.


    As the team’s catcher, Gene Hageman marveled how good the team was – from its solid hitting, 1-through-9 lineup, to its defense and pitching. Though each player filled a vital role, Walt Nelson – the ace of the pitching staff – was the integral cog that made winning championships possible.

    “Walt had grit,” said Hageman. “No one was going to beat him. I would set the glove and he would hit it. His best pitch was his drop ball. In some tournaments, we played up to seven games and Walt would pitch most of them. He could throw all day.”

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    A Step Back In Time: ‘Expatriate’ Tolzin stops Jets as St. Paul wins 1976 ISC crown

    Monday, January 30th, 2017

    ST. PAUL ALL-AMERICAN BAR won the 1976 ISC World Tournament held in Long Beach, Calif. St. Paul became the first and only Minnesota team to win an ISC World Tournament title. Photo / Courtesy ISC Guide Bood

    Staff writer / Long Beach Press-Telegram
    Aug. 1976

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – A year ago Darwin Tolzin was the pride of the Lakewood Jets’ pitching staff and on his way to stardom.

    His all-American (All-World) recognition came early Monday morning, but in an ironic turn of events. The Jets were the victims.

    At the close of last season, the 35-year-old right-hander was transferred to Minnesota by the National Weather Service. He had to accept the move or lose a promotion.

    Just coming of age as a pitcher – he started when he was 29 – Tolzin hooked up with St. Paul and was the No. 2 pitcher when the team qualified to play in the International Softball Congress World Tournament at Blair Field in Long Beach.

    No. 2 became No. 1 Sunday night and Monday morning as Tolzin shut out his former teammates in a doubleheader to give St. Paul its first-ever ISC title, achieved the hard way by winning four games in a 24-hour span.

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    A Step Back In Time: Remembering Minneapolis pitcher Paul Moreen

    Sunday, January 29th, 2017

    PAUL MOREEN was selected the Most Valuable Player of the 1962 Minneapolis Classic Fastpitch Softball League. He pitched Cloggy’s to the title.

    MINNEAPOLIS – From the 1950s through 1960s, pitcher Paul Moreen was one of the dominate hurlers in Minneapolis and St. Paul men’s fastpitch.

    Pitching for Cloggy’s, Moreen was selected the Most Valuable Player of the 1962 Classic Fastpitch Softball League. Leroy Hardeman, sporting a robust .357 batting average, won the batting title.

    Moreen, along with Chuck Hays, Joe Perzel and Wayne Erickson were dominate pitchers in Minnesota during that era, often leading their teams to city, state and regional championships.


    Paul Moreen, MVP
    Joe Perzel
    Wayne Erickson

    Lou White
    Joe Frisco

    John Slopek, first base
    Ron Pearson, second base
    Leroy Harden, third base, batting champion
    Darryl Crossman, shortstop
    Laurie Balzer, utility infielder

    Dick Cullen, centerfield
    Dave Spencer, left field
    Al Knaus, right field
    Ernie Dickson, utility outfielder

    Mike Solz

    Salute to Ostrander Fastpitch, one of the lone survivors of Minnesota men’s fastpitch

    Sunday, January 29th, 2017

    MARK MOHAR of Ostrander Fastpitch pitching in the 2014 North American Fastpitch Association World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

    OSTRANDER, Minn.- While hundreds of men’s fastpitch teams have disappeared, little Ostrander, Minnesota (pop. 256) keeps churning out a ball club year-after-year, at least 51 years.

    Newspaper records show Ostrander played in the 1965 ASA Class A State Tournament.

  • And on April 7-9, Ostrander will be playing in the 10th Annual 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip.
  • How many teams are still playing today besides Ostrander from this Minneapolis Star clipping of state tournament scores dated Sunday, Sept. 4, 1966? You tell me.

      1965 ASA Class A

    Ostrander 4, Elk River 2
    Osseo 7, Elenco 0
    Hutchinson 4, Harris 2
    Silver Lake 7, Conger 6
    Wakefield 14, Alexandria 3
    Mid-Central 7, Cerro Gordo 0
    Chisholm 2, Lucan 0
    Grand Rapids 5, St. James 3
    Aurora-Hoyt Lakes 8, Worthington 0
    Canby 2, Silver Bay 1
    Lake Lillian 9, Waconia 7
    Swakopee 3, Missota 2
    Ostrander 8, Silver Lake 2
    Osseo 9, Lake Benton 0
    Hutchinson 5, Lakefield 3

      1965 ASA Class AA (Major-Open)

    Scandia 4, Columbia Heights 0
    Faribault 4, Robbinsdale 2 (10 innings)
    Coon Rapids 6, Red Wing 0
    Willmar 1, Rochester 0
    Winona 12, Albert Lea 0
    Virginia 2, Mankato 1
    Owatonna 5, New Ulm 2
    Rural Ramsey 15, West Hennepin 4
    Scandia 4, Austin 3 (8innings)
    Faribault 3, Hibbing 2
    Duluth 6, Coon Rapids 0

    A Step Back In Time: St. Paul Stroh’s Gatsby’s Tournament features life in the fast land

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

    BOB MOORE, left, and TOM RUBBELKE of the 1987 St. Paul Stroh’s Gatsby’s team as they prepare for the Stroh’s Gatsby’s Invitational, organized by manager Jim Rubbelke. Several of the nation’s top-ten ranked teams participated including Penn Corp, Sioux City, Iowa; Farm Tavern, Madison, Wisc.; Teleconnect, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and All-Car, Antigo, Wisc.

    By Perry Coonce / Minnesota Sports Federation State Commissioner
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Aug. 2, 1987

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – World class fastpitch talent will be on display today at St. Paul’s Dunning Complex for the Stroh’s Gatsby’s Invitational.

    The quantity of men’s fastpitch teams in Minnesota has diminished in recent years, but the quality hasn’t, according to tournament organizer Jim Rubbelke.

    “We have some of the finest players in the world in Minnesota and are only hurt by the lack of pitchers, and the fact that very few are being developed,” said Rubbelke.

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