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.
He allowed just two hits – a single by Tom Precious and a homer from Don Hazleton, who spoiled Root’s bid for a shutout with his line-drive blast in the sixth.
Root, who notched his 15th victory in 20 decisions this season, walked only two and struck out 13.
Players Lounge now owns a 36-6 record and its other underhand artist, Randy Walker, is 21-1.
BOB PRANGE blasted a three-run homer in the third on an 0-2 count giving Mankato a 6-0 bulge. Lunz closed out Mankato’s scoring by belting his second homer of the game in the fifth.
Players Lounge defeated Ronnie’s Bar and Bob’s Bar of Prairie du Chien 8-2 to reach the finals. The winning team received a trophy and $200, and Club Midway was presented with the runner-up trophy and $150.
PLAYERS LOUNGE pounded out 11 hits, led by Lunz, 3-for-3, Dittrich, 2-4, Flanagan, 2-4, Root, 2-4, and Prange and Meyer with one hit each. Root allowed the two hits with 13 strikeouts and two walks, while Aegler allowed 11 hits, 8 earned runs and one walk and a strikeout.
DALE ROOT went on to establish himself as one of Minnesota’s and the Midwest’s all-time best fastpitch pitchers, and was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame in 1996.